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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What earned Houston the name of traitor and pro-Abolitionist?
(a) His support of President Lincoln.
(b) His friendship with Senator Calhoun.
(c) His vote against the Missouri compromise.
(d) His vote against the Kansas-Nebraska Bill.

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

3. What do the subject of PROFILES IN COURAGE all have in common?
(a) They all lost elections and then won them the next time.
(b) They were all Democrats.
(c) They were all Republicans.
(d) They all served as U. S. Senators.

4. 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 lost his political influence for many months.
(b) Disillusionment of his party when he broke with them and voted with Jefferson.
(c) He was forced to change political parties and lose his seniority.
(d) His mother becaue distraught that her son and husband did not agree.

5. What is ironic about Texas secession on March 2?
(a) It was the anniversary of Houston's election to the Senate.
(b) It was the day Houston became governor.
(c) It was Houston's brithday.
(d) It was the anniversary of the battle of San Jacinto.

6. How did Webster's constituents view his stand on compromise with the slave states?
(a) They thought he should run for President.
(b) They supported him wholeheartedly.
(c) They were proud of their native son.
(d) It drew their wrath.

7. What is ironic about Houston as an Indian fighter?
(a) He knew nothing about Indians.
(b) It was the only time he was a team player.
(c) He distrusted Andrew Jackson.
(d) He had lived twice with the Cherokee.

8. Who was the first son of a former president to become president of the U.S.?
(a) Geroge Washington Carver.
(b) Thomas Alva Edison.
(c) Andrew Jefferson.
(d) John Quincey Adams.

9. What well-known military leader had Houston served under?
(a) Robert E. Lee.
(b) Andrew Jackson.
(c) George Washington.
(d) Ulysses S. Grant.

10. What advantage do minority special interest groups have to influence elected officials?
(a) Not needing money to get their message across.
(b) Being articulate and able to sway the public.
(c) Being able to get medial coverage without a budget.
(d) Being watchdogs on everything the official does.

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

12. What were Benton's most effective weapons as a fighter?
(a) Friends and relatives.
(b) Knives and bull whips.
(c) Wit and sarcasm.
(d) Guns and canons.

13. What is the irony of Houston's defending the Northerner's rights to abolition?
(a) Houston was a slave to the Cherokee.
(b) Houston opposed slavery except in the South.
(c) Houston owned slaves himself.
(d) Houston disliked all Yankees.

14. What issue caused Benton finally to begin losing popularity in Missouri?
(a) Benton had too many duels.
(b) The Missouri voters became ashamed of Benton's rough behavior.
(c) Benton refused to own slaves.
(d) The Missouri voters felt allied to the South but Benton supported the Union.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why did Benton oppose the treaty of annexation of Texas?

3. What metaphor does Kennedy use to describe the relationship between the elected official and the electorate?

4. Why was Webster a leader in the North prior to the Civil War?

5. What made Sam Houston a household word in the United States?

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