Profiles in Courage Test | Final Test - Easy

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1. What does Kennedy identify as the personal tragedy and national greatness about Sen. Robert A. Taft?
(a) That he would always speak out in such a way that appeared to compromise his beliefs.
(b) That he aspired to be President but his uncompromising sense of right prevented that from happening.
(c) That he got his party's nomination three times but never won a Presidential election.
(d) That his father had been President but he had no such ambitions.

2. 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) He wrote down a list of over fifty.
(d) There are too many to name.

3. What Senator had to be carried into the Senate to cast his vote on Johnson's impeachment?
(a) John B. Henderson.
(b) Joseph Smith Fowler.
(c) James W. Grimes.
(d) William Pitt Fessenden.

4. 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) This is not the time to weaken the punishment of international crimes.
(c) That Taft wanted to let loose on the world a terrible gang of cutthroats.
(d) He has no feeling about the soup kitchens of 1932 but supports Nazi criminals.

5. What book did Lamar later say was the first one ever put into his hands to read?
(a) Franklin's AUTOBIOGRAPHY.
(b) Plato's REPUBLIC.
(c) Plutarch's LIVES.
(d) Joel Harris' SONG OF THE SOUTH.

6. Why was Ross targeted for surveillance and harassment before the Johnson trial.
(a) Both sides believed he was weak willed.
(b) Stanton thought he could intimidate Ross with his military connections.
(c) He was using his secret to gain political notariety.
(d) He kept silent on how he might vote.

7. Which candidate did Norris support in the 1928 Presidential election?
(a) Al Sharpton.
(b) Al Newman.
(c) Al Gore.
(d) Al Smith.

8. What disease cut short Lamar's military career?
(a) Polio.
(b) Dyptheria.
(c) Apoplexy.
(d) Laryngitis.

9. Why did the six Republicans say they would not vote to convict President Johnson?
(a) They said the evidence was not sufficient.
(b) They came from conservative states.
(c) They said they didn't need to vote because there was a 36 majority anyway.
(d) They said some Prepblicans should vote no to make the party look unbiased.

10. What was ironic when the Matthews Resolution came up for a vote in the Senate?
(a) Lamar voted against it but the other Senator, a Negro appointed by the reconstruction, voted for it.
(b) Lamar had gone back to Mississippi and missed the vote.
(c) Matthews voted against his own resolution.
(d) The Resolution came before the Senate before the Bland Bill.

11. What was Sen. Albert Beveridge's famous statement after he was defeated for speaking out against the Payne-Aldrich Tariff Act?
(a) The people of Indiana will see the error of their ways one day in the future.
(b) I can see now that I should have kept my mouth shut and my mind open.
(c) It is all right, twelve years of hard work, and a clean record; I am content.
(d) Our country would be better off with an Indian tribe style government of blood and prejudice.

12. Did Norris always oppose President Wilson's measures?
(a) No. He supported the President's issues that made him look good in Nabraska.
(b) No. He was opposed to any form of isolationism.
(c) Yes. He was a total critic of Woodrow Wilson.
(d) No. He supported the President's major foreign policy issues.

13. What were the results of Norris' opposition of President Wilson on the Armed Ship Bill?
(a) He was taken off all Senate committees.
(b) He was vilified for acting against the President.
(c) He was recalled by Nebraska.
(d) He resigned his seat in the Senate.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How many votes were needed to convict the President?

2. Who was the butcher of New Orleans who was the chief prosecutor in Johnson's impeachment trial?

3. What opinion did Taft share with Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas?

4. What high office did Lamar hold at the end of his career?

5. What did Lamar say about his vote against the Matthews Resolution?

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