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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the Jay Treaty and why did President Washington support it?
(a) It was a treaty with Great Britain that President Washington supported to keep the young country from going to war.
(b) It was a treaty giving land west of the Mississippi to the British.
(c) It was a treaty to buy arms and munitions only from the British.
(d) It was a treaty removing all taxes from British imports supported by Washington to protect the rich.

2. What did Lamar say about his vote against the Matthews Resolution?
(a) My vote was unimportant in a Senate populated with Radical Republicans and Democrats.
(b) The directions for how I should vote arrived after the vote had already been taken.
(c) If I had voted for it as directed I should have cast my first vote against my conscience.
(d) I believe that statesmanship is dead in the South.

3. Who was the only Southern senator who refused to secede with his state?
(a) Thomas Hart Benton.
(b) Andrew Johnson.
(c) Andrew Jackson.
(d) Jefferson Davis.

4. Why were the Radical Republicans happy to see Edmund G. Ross come to the Senate?
(a) He was a moderate who opposed slave states but owned slaves himself.
(b) He was inexperienced in politics and the Senators could control him.
(c) He had spoken out for Lincoln's reconstruction ideas.
(d) He was adamantly against slavery and had worked hard for abolition.

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

6. What benefit did Norris fight for to aid the people of Tennessee Valley?
(a) Coal mining concessions.
(b) Low cost electricity.
(c) Better roads and highways.
(d) Tax relief for the poor.

7. Why was it so surprising to the Radical Republicans that Ross would not announce his vote before the trial began?
(a) He had been anti-Johnson for many years.
(b) Roos' history was one of anti-slavery and against the southern states.
(c) Because he was from Kansas, they thought he would not vote against his constituents.
(d) The senior Senator from Kansas was for convicting Johnson.

8. What famous American represented the Boston Massacre defendants in 1770?
(a) Charles Evans Hughes.
(b) Thomas Payne.
(c) Paul Revere.
(d) John Adams.

9. 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.

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

11. Which senator saved himself from dunking by giving a speech beside the river?
(a) Sen. Jacob J. Javits of New York.
(b) Sen. John Adams of Massachusetts.
(c) Sen. Humphrey Marshall of Kentucky.
(d) Sen. Stephen Austin of Texas.

12. 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 see that the Southern States were severely punished.
(c) His purpose was to get re-elected President for a full term.
(d) His purpose was to carry out Lincoln's reconstruction plans.

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

14. What method did Sen. Norris use to prevent the passage of the Armed Ship Bill?
(a) Filibuster.
(b) A Petition.
(c) Collecting enough votes to defveat it.
(d) Buried in committee.

15. How many tickets were printed up for seats during the Johnson Impeachment Trial?
(a) 299.
(b) 157.
(c) 1,000.
(d) 4,000.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does Kennedy suggest is the number of courageous Senators who have put their political lives on the line in order to speak honestly?

4. Which bitter rival of Sen. Robert A. Taft actually ended up in the White House?

5. What memorable line did the Toledo BLADE print about Taft after he decried the Nuremberg trials?

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