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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What senator dashed his presidential hopes by speaking out against the Ku Klux Klan?
(a) Sen. Oscar W. Underwood of Alabama.
(b) Sen. Sam Houston of Texas.
(c) Sen. Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri.
(d) Sen. Lucius Lamar of Mississippi.
2. What were the results of Norris' opposition of President Wilson on the Armed Ship Bill?
(a) He was recalled by Nebraska.
(b) He was taken off all Senate committees.
(c) He resigned his seat in the Senate.
(d) He was vilified for acting against the President.
3. What opinion did Taft share with Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas?
(a) That the Constitution of the USA allowed for ex post facto prosecutions.
(b) That the Axis war crimes trials did not try the real offenders.
(c) That the Axis prisoners should not be allowed representation by lawyers.
(d) That the Axis war crimes trials went against every principle of American justice.
4. Why was Norris' candidate for President unpopular in 1928?
(a) He was a Radical.
(b) He was a Catholic.
(c) He wore a moustache.
(d) He was a Socialist.
5. What famous piece of legislation bears Robert A. Taft's name?
(a) The Taft Welfare Act.
(b) The Taft Health Plan.
(c) The Taft-Hartley Act.
(d) The Taft Education Manifesto.
6. What was the Jay Treaty and why did President Washington support it?
(a) It was a treaty giving land west of the Mississippi to the British.
(b) It was a treaty removing all taxes from British imports supported by Washington to protect the rich.
(c) It was a treaty to buy arms and munitions only from the British.
(d) It was a treaty with Great Britain that President Washington supported to keep the young country from going to war.
7. What were the circumstances that brought Edmund G. Ross to Congress as Senator from Kansas?
(a) The suicide of his predecessor, Senator Jim Lane.
(b) The resignation of Senator Lane who was a reconstructionist.
(c) He was sent after a recall of Senator Lane.
(d) A landslide vote of the Kansas people.
8. Who said that he would rather be in his grave than in the presidency?
(a) John C. Clahoun.
(b) George Washington.
(c) Thomas Jefferson.
(d) John Adams.
9. What characteristic of Sen. Taft did Kennedy suggest might best be judged after many years?
(a) How he refrained from speaking his mind on controversial political issure.
(b) How he managed to appear charming when he was destroying an enemy.
(c) How he inspired loyal devotees as well as bitter enemies.
(d) How he accepted Socialist philosophy.
10. 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) The ones in his book are the only ones.
(b) He said every Senator has that kind of honesty.
(c) There are too many to name.
(d) He wrote down a list of over fifty.
11. What nickname was given to Joe Cannon because of his power?
(a) King Cannon.
(b) Lord Cannon.
(c) Czar Cannon.
(d) Duke Cannon.
12. How had President Johnson come to power?
(a) He had President Lincoln assassinated.
(b) He succeeded Lincoln after the assassination.
(c) He was popularly elected President by the people.
(d) He was appointed by Congress.
13. Taft's words on freedom of thought, freedom from orthodox dogma, and the right to think for oneself are his definition of what?
14. What act of courage marked the Presidency of Robert A. Taft's father, William Howard Taft?
(a) Standing by his Secretary of the Interior against opposition from Pinchot and Roosevelt.
(b) Forecasting that America would go to war with Germany and Japan.
(c) Pushing for more and more farm subsidies.
(d) Denouncing Woodrow Wilson for his mishandling of WWI.
15. What memorable line did the Toledo BLADE print about Taft after he decried the Nuremberg trials?
(a) He has a wonderful mind that knows practically everything and understands practically nothing.
(b) That Taft wanted to let loose on the world a terrible gang of cutthroats.
(c) This is not the time to weaken the punishment of international crimes.
(d) He has no feeling about the soup kitchens of 1932 but supports Nazi criminals.
Short Answer Questions
1. Did Norris always oppose President Wilson's measures?
2. How did Taft's candor cause him to lose his party's nomination for President?
3. Who was the Senator from Nebraska who opposed President Woodrow Wilson's Armed Ship Bill?
4. To whom was Ross compared in a Kansas newspaper editorial?
5. Under what law was President Andrew Johnson tried in the Congress?
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