Profiles in Courage Test | Final Test - Easy

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What memorable line did the Toledo BLADE print about Taft after he decried the Nuremberg trials?
(a) That Taft wanted to let loose on the world a terrible gang of cutthroats.
(b) He has a wonderful mind that knows practically everything and understands practically nothing.
(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.

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

3. Who said that he would rather be in his grave than in the presidency?
(a) Thomas Jefferson.
(b) John C. Clahoun.
(c) George Washington.
(d) John Adams.

4. 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) His state of Ohio had high unemployment and needed those services.
(c) He felt these were not being served adequately by the private sector.
(d) It was an attempt on his part to placate the unions.

5. 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 was trying to get bribe money for his vote.
(c) He wanted the publicity.
(d) He thought it was all a big joke.

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

7. 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 said every Senator has that kind of honesty.
(b) He wrote down a list of over fifty.
(c) There are too many to name.
(d) The ones in his book are the only ones.

8. How did Ross describe his feelings just before he cast his not guilty vote?
(a) I was afraid I could not speak.
(b) I looked down at my open grave.
(c) I felt the chill of fear on my spine.
(d) I had a great lump in my throat.

9. What was Sen. Albert Beveridge's famous statement after he was defeated for speaking out against the Payne-Aldrich Tariff Act?
(a) I can see now that I should have kept my mouth shut and my mind open.
(b) The people of Indiana will see the error of their ways one day in the future.
(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.

10. What poet does Kennedy quote to express the bitterness of the South during reconstruction?
(a) Longfellow.
(b) Edgar Allen Poe.
(c) Walt Whitman.
(d) Vachal Lindsay.

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

12. Who was the Senator from Nebraska who opposed President Woodrow Wilson's Armed Ship Bill?
(a) Rutherford Hayes.
(b) Lucius Lamar.
(c) James W. Grimes.
(d) George W. Norris.

13. How did journalist William Preston Johnson describe the intellectual atmosphere of the Lamar family?
(a) The Lamars had amassed a huge library.
(b) They were self taught but not uneducated.
(c) The fatal dowry of genius was upon the house.
(d) There was a black thread of moodiness in all the family.

14. What famous speech did Lamar give in Congress?
(a) The case for Confederacy speech.
(b) Give me liberty of give me death speech.
(c) The Stars and Stripes speech.
(d) An eloquent eulogy for Charles Sumner.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does Kennedy identify as the personal tragedy and national greatness about Sen. Robert A. Taft?

4. Of the 54 Senator in Congress, how many were openly opposed to the impeachment?

5. What was ironic when the Matthews Resolution came up for a vote in the Senate?

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