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Multiple Choice Questions

1. For what prestigious university did Adams once work as a professor?
(a) Princeton.
(b) Yale.
(c) Dartmouth.
(d) Harvard.

2. How did Benton urge support for expansion to the West?
(a) He pushed a measure giving extra benefits to leaders of wagon trains.
(b) He voted to give tax breaks to manufacturers of wagons.
(c) He supported communications methods such as the telegraph, the Pony Express and roadways that ran into the country.
(d) He made a Congressional junket to Oregon.

3. In spite of John Quincey Adams' clarity and political courage, what life-long need did he have?
(a) A personal fortune so he was not dependent on the voters.
(b) The approval of his father and mother.
(c) The visible justification of God.
(d) Unwavering popularity among the people.

4. How does Kennedy assess the failure of both Adams presidencies to produce second terms?
(a) An unwillingness to compromise on mundane matters of politics.
(b) Personalities that clased with everyone not of their religion.
(c) Unwillingness to campaign for a second term in office.
(d) Poor choices for their cabinet members.

5. What advantage did John Quincey Adams have as a politician?
(a) The confidence of coming from a strong political family.
(b) More money than anyone else.
(c) More education than experience.
(d) Ignorance of the Washington politics.

6. Why was Webster a leader in the North prior to the Civil War?
(a) He had strong views against slavery.
(b) He knew all the words in the dictionary.
(c) He was older than any other politician.
(d) He could out talk his opponents.

7. What act of inconsistency brought his Missouri constituents to brand him a traitor?
(a) His opposition to annexting Texas.
(b) His willingness to allow the country to go to war.
(c) His opposition to the Missouri Compromise.
(d) His voting with the Republicans.

8. How did Daniel Webster describe and define himself?
(a) Not as a Massachusetts man but as an American.
(b) As a free thinker opposed to the Union.
(c) As a debator who loved to take any opposing view.
(d) As a citizen of the world.

9. What was the dichotomy concerning John Quincey Adams' father?
(a) Adams was a stern father but a political liberal.
(b) Adams was not religious but his son, John Quincey, was a devout Puritan.
(c) Adams had raised his son to do what he believed to be right and that meant opposing his father.
(d) Adams raised his son to always do as his father did regardless of what he thought personally.

10. What metaphor does Kennedy use to describe the relationship between the elected official and the electorate?
(a) A father-child relationship.
(b) A doctor-patient relationship.
(c) A coach-team relationship.
(d) A lawyer-client relationship.

11. What does Kennedy identify as the second pressure that prevents courageous deeds by elected officials.
(a) The need to get re-elected.
(b) The need to travel the world.
(c) The need to publish a book.
(d) The need to get more education.

12. Although thought of as a crazy politician, what did John F. Kennedy see as a mark of courage in the man?
(a) He would stand up in the Senate without a gun.
(b) He would do whatever was necessary to get re-elected.
(c) He would do what he thought was right regardless of his party or his popularity.
(d) His stance on big government over states' rights.

13. What was one argument Webster made for compromising on the question of slavery?
(a) Slavery would eventually dry up because there were fewer traders.
(b) If the Union divided, slavery might even become stronger in the Southern states.
(c) World opinion would eventually settle the question.
(d) Northerns would be able to have slaves legally.

14. Besides the Texas territory which Benton opposed, what other one did he support against his party's stand?
(a) Montana.
(b) Oregon.
(c) California.
(d) Alaska.

15. What was Benton's characteristic that early on made his constituents love him?
(a) His humble nature.
(b) His political favors.
(c) His sense of humor.
(d) His fearlessness.

Short Answer Questions

1. What effect did Webster's three-hour-long speech in the Senate have in 1850?

2. What is a particular problem on occasion when the electorate presents a desire to the elected official?

3. How does Kennedy characterize the difficult position of the elected official?

4. How was Benton's behavior different when he was with his family from when he was involved in politics?

5. What was rumored to be the cause of Houston's breakdown and resigning as Governor of Tennessee?

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