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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. What does Kennedy say was a liability about Webster's immense popularity with both sides of the political spectrum?
(a) He had the ability to disappoint twice as many people than most elected officials.
(b) Being popular made it difficult for him to compromise.
(c) He was a politician of popular opinion rather than high principles.
(d) People rarely took him seriously because of his ability to argue both sides.

2. What does Kennedy see as Webster's moral flaw?
(a) Webster had no compunction against taking money for political favors.
(b) Webster was a compulsive gambler.
(c) Webster had many affairs his wife did not know about.
(d) Webster was an alcoholic and often lost track of time.

3. What effect did Webster's three-hour-long speech in the Senate have in 1850?
(a) It helped hold off the Civil War for a good ten years.
(b) It made many political allies for Webster.
(c) It rallied the North to declare war on the South.
(d) It gave the South the idea of secession.

4. Besides appearing to be disloyal to his father when he aligned himself with Jefferson's politics, what other problem arose for John Quincey Adams?
(a) His mother becaue distraught that her son and husband did not agree.
(b) He was forced to change political parties and lose his seniority.
(c) He lost his political influence for many months.
(d) Disillusionment of his party when he broke with them and voted with Jefferson.

5. For what conflict does Kennedy feel the most empathy?
(a) The conflict between political parties.
(b) The conflict of special interests versus constituency interests.
(c) The conflict of constituency interest versus national interests.
(d) The conflict between Congress and the Supreme Court.

Short Answer Questions

1. What were Benton's most effective weapons as a fighter?

2. What well-known military leader had Houston served under?

3. What was Daniel Webster known for during his lifetime?

4. What was rumored to be the cause of Houston's breakdown and resigning as Governor of Tennessee?

5. What is the irony of Houston's defending the Northerner's rights to abolition?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why was John Quincey Adams' relationship with Thomas Jefferson so strange?

3. If Webster's popularity was an asset, how does Kennedy point out that it was also a liability?

4. Why was it so easy for him to go and live with the Indians?

5. Aside from being Senator from Massachusetts, what was Daniel Webster known for?

6. Discus the results of Benton's not voting for the annexation of Texas.

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

8. What does Kennedy point out as a moral flaw in Daniel Webster?

9. What advantages does Kennedy say John Quincey Adams had for political life?

10. What are the three pressures Kennedy identifies for any elected official?

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