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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did Webster's constituents view his stand on compromise with the slave states?
(a) They thought he should run for President.
(b) It drew their wrath.
(c) They were proud of their native son.
(d) They supported him wholeheartedly.

2. What earned Houston the name of traitor and pro-Abolitionist?
(a) His support of President Lincoln.
(b) His vote against the Kansas-Nebraska Bill.
(c) His vote against the Missouri compromise.
(d) His friendship with Senator Calhoun.

3. What trait of Adams ultimately caused him to suffer great disappointments?
(a) His ability to manipulate his father.
(b) His willingness to change positions when expedient.
(c) His uncompromising religion.
(d) His superior attitude toward other politician.

4. What is the irony of Houston's defending the Northerner's rights to abolition?
(a) Houston opposed slavery except in the South.
(b) Houston owned slaves himself.
(c) Houston was a slave to the Cherokee.
(d) Houston disliked all Yankees.

5. What is another difficult situation for an elected official besides the interests of the nation and those of the constituency?
(a) Party pressure to vote the party line.
(b) Political differences within the official's own family.
(c) Presidential arm twisting.
(d) National opinion polls.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a constant that an elected official must understand?

2. Whom did the Adams family say that the magistrate must serve?

3. What was the dichotomy concerning John Quincey Adams' father?

4. To what does Kennedy ascribe as half the power of Webster?

5. Why was Webster not bothered by what many would consider as bribes?

Short Essay Questions

1. What surprising victory did Houston win after being dismissed from the Senate?

2. What advice was Kennedy given when he first went to Congress?

3. Write down the epithet that testified to the intelligence of Thomas Hart Benton.

4. What personal weakness does Kennedy point out about John Quincey Adams?

5. Why was Henry Clay taking a chance when he enlisted Webster to help with passing the 1850 Compromise?

6. What does Kennedy point out as interesting about letter John Quincey wrote at ages nine and forty-five?

7. What great stand did Webster take against the wishes of his abolitionist constituents?

8. Detail the important political positions held by Sam Houston.

9. What caused Houston to resign as governor of Tennessee and go live with the Indians?

10. How does the book reflect John Kennedy's admiration for certain former U.S. Senators?

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