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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How was Lamar similar to author Joel Harris?
(a) Lamar, like Harris, told tales about the South.
(b) Lamar had a pet named Br'er Rabbit.
(c) Lamar wrote a book called Tunes of the South.
(d) Lamar, like Harris, was a graduate of Oxford.

2. Why did George Norris believe Big Business was urging the country into war?
(a) Because Big Business supported Wilson only when he tried to stay neutral.
(b) Because American business wanted to supply munitions to the Kaiser.
(c) Because the country was actually run by a few big businessmen.
(d) Because he feared the munitions profits was what was steamrolling the country into war.

3. What position did Lamar take after the Civil War?
(a) That those who supported the Union should be tried as war criminals.
(b) The way to end the South's suffering was compromise and reconciliation with the North.
(c) That people should save their confederate money.
(d) That laws needed to be enacted to punish carpetbaggers.

4. What famous piece of legislation bears Robert A. Taft's name?
(a) The Taft Welfare Act.
(b) The Taft Education Manifesto.
(c) The Taft Health Plan.
(d) The Taft-Hartley Act.

5. What act of courage marked the Presidency of Robert A. Taft's father, William Howard Taft?
(a) Pushing for more and more farm subsidies.
(b) Standing by his Secretary of the Interior against opposition from Pinchot and Roosevelt.
(c) Forecasting that America would go to war with Germany and Japan.
(d) Denouncing Woodrow Wilson for his mishandling of WWI.

6. Prior to the Civil War, what notable action did Lamar undertake with Jefferson Davis?
(a) Walking out of the Democratic Convention.
(b) Speaking out against secession.
(c) Designing the Confederate flag.
(d) Writing the Articles of Confederation.

7. How many votes were needed to convict the President?
(a) 40.
(b) 66.
(c) 36.
(d) 54.

8. Why did Taft speak out against the War Crimes Trials and the Nuremberg Trials?
(a) He advocated letting the Isralies try the German war criminals.
(b) He believed the crimes were being tried under an ex post facto law which he felt was unconstitutional and un-American.
(c) He thought the German war criminals should be tried in America.
(d) He had supported the Germans during WWII.

9. Taft supported education, health, housing, and other welfare programs against his normal conservative Republicanism. Why?
(a) He felt these were not being served adequately by the private sector.
(b) He wanted to play both sides of the fence in a bid for the Presidency.
(c) It was an attempt on his part to placate the unions.
(d) His state of Ohio had high unemployment and needed those services.

10. How did Taft's candor cause him to lose his party's nomination for President?
(a) His candor caused him to be overly tactful.
(b) People thought you could not trust a man like that.
(c) He did not always say exactly what he meant.
(d) His answers were always truthful and very often blunt.

11. What was leaked to the newspapers that did away with American public resistance to the Armed Ship Bill?
(a) The sinking of the Titanic.
(b) The Zimmerman note.
(c) The Kaiser's war zone warning.
(d) The Mexican conspiracy.

12. What does Kennedy suggest is the number of courageous Senators who have put their political lives on the line in order to speak honestly?
(a) He wrote down a list of over fifty.
(b) There are too many to name.
(c) The ones in his book are the only ones.
(d) He said every Senator has that kind of honesty.

13. After Lamar toured Mississippi to discuss his reasons for voting the way he did, how did the people react?
(a) They held rallies against him.
(b) They changed their opposition to Lamar and supported him.
(c) No one came out to hear the traitor.
(d) They recalled him from Congress.

14. What was the irony of Norris' using the filibuster to fight passage of the Armed Ship Bill?
(a) Because Norris had said he would not filibuster the President's bills.
(b) Because Norris was unable to speak for long periods of time.
(c) Norris had actually tried to do away with the filibuster in an attempt to bring change to the Senate.
(d) Because the filibuster was something new that had never been tried before.

15. What high office did Lamar hold at the end of his career?
(a) Justice of the Supreme Court.
(b) Head of the Democratic National Committee.
(c) Vice-President of the United States.
(d) Secretary of the Interior.

Short Answer Questions

1. What method did Sen. Norris use to prevent the passage of the Armed Ship Bill?

2. On what basis did Edmund G. Ross claim his right not to decide until all the evidence was presented against Johnson.

3. How did journalist William Preston Johnson describe the intellectual atmosphere of the Lamar family?

4. What characteristic of Sen. Taft did Kennedy suggest might best be judged after many years?

5. What was the Jay Treaty and why did President Washington support it?

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