Profiles in Courage Test | Final Test - Easy

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What act of courage marked the Presidency of Robert A. Taft's father, William Howard Taft?
(a) Forecasting that America would go to war with Germany and Japan.
(b) Denouncing Woodrow Wilson for his mishandling of WWI.
(c) Pushing for more and more farm subsidies.
(d) Standing by his Secretary of the Interior against opposition from Pinchot and Roosevelt.

2. 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 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 giving land west of the Mississippi to the British.

3. To whom was Ross compared in a Kansas newspaper editorial?
(a) Marc Anthony
(b) Benedict Arnold.
(c) Thomas Payne.
(d) Judas Escariot

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

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

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

7. Who called Taft's speech against the Nazi war crimes trials a classic example of his muddled and confused thinking?
(a) Newspaper columnist David Lawrence.
(b) Sen. Scott Lucas of Illinois.
(c) Gov. Thomas E. Dewey of New York.
(d) Former Nazi Franz Von Papen.

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

9. Why did George Norris decide to go against his constituents and vote according to his conscience?
(a) It was his purpose to run for President in the next general election.
(b) He felt that his constituents were being led by the alarmist press.
(c) He said that just voting as he was told required no patriotism, no education, and no courage.
(d) He was convinced that it was the only way for him to get publicity.

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

11. After Lamar toured Mississippi to discuss his reasons for voting the way he did, how did the people react?
(a) They recalled him from Congress.
(b) They held rallies against him.
(c) They changed their opposition to Lamar and supported him.
(d) No one came out to hear the traitor.

12. What Speaker of the House did Norris oppose to the chagrin of his party?
(a) Woodrow Wilson.
(b) Joe Cannon.
(c) John Dalzell.
(d) Walter Smith.

13. 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) The Resolution came before the Senate before the Bland Bill.
(c) Matthews voted against his own resolution.
(d) Lamar had gone back to Mississippi and missed the vote.

14. Which bitter rival of Sen. Robert A. Taft actually ended up in the White House?
(a) Thomas E. Dewey.
(b) Richard Nixon.
(c) Dwight D. Eisenhaur.
(d) Harry S. Truman.

15. What did Robert A. Taft have in common with John Quincey Adams?
(a) Both of their fathers had served as President of the USA.
(b) They were both Quakers.
(c) They both went to the same university.
(d) They both went on to serve on the Supreme Court.

Short Answer Questions

1. How was Lamar similar to author Joel Harris?

2. How did Norris attack Joe Cannon's power?

3. Who was the Democratic majority leader in the Senate who later became Vice President?

4. What position did Lamar take after the Civil War?

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

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