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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was Daniel Webster known for during his lifetime?
(a) As a politician who opposed any kind of compromise.
(b) As a particularly eloquent speaker.
(c) As a writer of fiction.
(d) As a squeaky voiced speaker.

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

3. What was rumored to be the cause of Houston's breakdown and resigning as Governor of Tennessee?
(a) He started drinking heavily and could not perform his duties.
(b) General Andrew Jackson called him for an important secret mission.
(c) He discovered that his young bride had been forced to marry him even though she loved another.
(d) People were pressuring him to run for President of the Union but he did not want to.

4. What is the first pressure of Americans that keeps them from acting courageously according to Kennedy?
(a) The need to raise campaign money.
(b) The need to be different from other politicians.
(c) The need to be well liked.
(d) The need to be right all the time.

5. For what conflict does Kennedy feel the most empathy?
(a) The conflict between political parties.
(b) The conflict of special interests versus constituency interests.
(c) The conflict of constituency interest versus national interests.
(d) The conflict between Congress and the Supreme Court.

6. What was it about Benton that inspired the approval of his Missouri constituency?
(a) He did not care about political pressures and did what he thought was right.
(b) He took young Congressmen under his wing.
(c) He was also very popular among his party members.
(d) He arranged a lot of pork barrel spending in Missouri.

7. Besides appearing to be disloyal to his father when he aligned himself with Jefferson's politics, what other problem arose for John Quincey Adams?
(a) He was forced to change political parties and lose his seniority.
(b) Disillusionment of his party when he broke with them and voted with Jefferson.
(c) His mother becaue distraught that her son and husband did not agree.
(d) He lost his political influence for many months.

8. Whom did the Adams family say that the magistrate must serve?
(a) His god.
(b) His people.
(c) His family.
(d) His party.

9. John Quincey Adams was a Senator from what state?
(a) New York.
(b) Virginia.
(c) Massachusetts.
(d) Connecticutt.

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

11. After Houston's removal from the Senate, what office did he run for and win as an independent?
(a) Senator from Tennessee.
(b) House of Representatives.
(c) Governor of Texas.
(d) Attorney General of Texas.

12. Where did Houston say he wanted it written that he loved his country, he was a patriot, and he was devoted to the Union.
(a) In the latest history books.
(b) On the face of the Texas capitol building.
(c) In the Dallas Herald.
(d) On his tombstone.

13. What does Kennedy see as Webster's moral flaw?
(a) Webster was an alcoholic and often lost track of time.
(b) Webster had many affairs his wife did not know about.
(c) Webster had no compunction against taking money for political favors.
(d) Webster was a compulsive gambler.

14. What is a constant that an elected official must understand?
(a) That once elected, the official is no longer responsible to the constituency.
(b) He or she is under scrutiny by the constituency.
(c) He or she will never hear from the constituency until election day.
(d) The media will not report anything the elected official does not want made public.

15. What is another difficult situation for an elected official besides the interests of the nation and those of the constituency?
(a) Political differences within the official's own family.
(b) Party pressure to vote the party line.
(c) Presidential arm twisting.
(d) National opinion polls.

Short Answer Questions

1. In a speech, how did Houston justify his right to deliver an address in a Texas town where he had been turned away from the courthouse?

2. What issue caused Benton finally to begin losing popularity in Missouri?

3. Why did Houston define himself as an old fogy?

4. Why did Thomas Hart Benton get the nickname of Old Bullion?

5. How did Daniel Webster describe and define himself?

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