Profiles in Courage Test | Final Test - Easy

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What characteristic of Sen. Taft did Kennedy suggest might best be judged after many years?
(a) How he inspired loyal devotees as well as bitter enemies.
(b) How he managed to appear charming when he was destroying an enemy.
(c) How he refrained from speaking his mind on controversial political issure.
(d) How he accepted Socialist philosophy.

2. What was Johnson's purpose as President that caused him problems with the Radical Republicans?
(a) His purpose was to establish a political stronghold for himself.
(b) His purpose was to carry out Lincoln's reconstruction plans.
(c) His purpose was to see that the Southern States were severely punished.
(d) His purpose was to get re-elected President for a full term.

3. Who was the Democratic majority leader in the Senate who later became Vice President?
(a) Alben Barkley.
(b) John Nance Garner.
(c) Richard Nixon.
(d) Jacob Javits.

4. What was Lamar's main purpose in his political actions?
(a) To rekindle the anamosity between North and South.
(b) To transfer his allegience to the Northern Democrats.
(c) To bring the South peacefully back into the Union.
(d) To become President of the United States.

5. What senator dashed his presidential hopes by speaking out against the Ku Klux Klan?
(a) Sen. Oscar W. Underwood of Alabama.
(b) Sen. Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri.
(c) Sen. Lucius Lamar of Mississippi.
(d) Sen. Sam Houston of Texas.

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

7. On what basis did Edmund G. Ross claim his right not to decide until all the evidence was presented against Johnson.
(a) He had taken the oath of impartiality.
(b) He thought it was all a big joke.
(c) He wanted the publicity.
(d) He was trying to get bribe money for his vote.

8. 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.

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

10. 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 Norris was unable to speak for long periods of time.
(c) Because the filibuster was something new that had never been tried before.
(d) Because Norris had said he would not filibuster the President's bills.

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

12. What was Lamar's involvement in the controversial Hayes-Tilden presidential election?
(a) He supported an election commission that eventually gave Hayes the Presidency.
(b) He voted against the Democrats and supported Hayes.
(c) He refused to fight the election results.
(d) He made stump speeches for Hayes.

13. Why did Norris oppose the Armed Ship Bill when his state seemed to favor it?
(a) He wanted to gain fame as the man who defied President Wilson.
(b) Norris believed it was a ploy to get the US into WWI without going through congress.
(c) He thought the bill would prevent the US from declaring war on Germany.
(d) He thought it should really be a declaration of war.

14. Of the 54 Senator in Congress, how many were openly opposed to the impeachment?
(a) Thirty-six radical Republicans.
(b) About half of the Republicans and all of the Democrats.
(c) Only the twelve Democrats in the Senate.
(d) Six Republicans and twelve Democrats.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What famous American represented the Boston Massacre defendants in 1770?

2. Why did the six Republicans say they would not vote to convict President Johnson?

3. What unwanted praise did Norris and his group receive after the filibuster?

4. Why were the Radical Republicans happy to see Edmund G. Ross come to the Senate?

5. How did Lamar view the free silver movement of 1877?

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