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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 was the result of Webster's courageous stand in giving the Seventh of March speech?
(a) Webster sacrificed his potential presidential run and his popularity.
(b) Webster changed his position of slavery to agree with Clay.
(c) Webster would have become president but he died 2 years later.
(d) Webster was honored by his constituents as a man of courage.

2. What was one argument Webster made for compromising on the question of slavery?
(a) Northerns would be able to have slaves legally.
(b) Slavery would eventually dry up because there were fewer traders.
(c) If the Union divided, slavery might even become stronger in the Southern states.
(d) World opinion would eventually settle the question.

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

4. 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 between Congress and the Supreme Court.
(d) The conflict of constituency interest versus national interests.

5. What questionable arrangement kept Webster in the Senate when he was about to resign?
(a) Webster was offered a bfribe which he nearly accepted.
(b) Webster lied under oath in a Senate hearing.
(c) Webster appointed his relatives to Senate jobs.
(d) Businesses who benefited from his help paid off his debts so he could remain in the senate.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was so strange about Henry Clay's enlisting Webster in his cause for compromise?

2. How did Benton urge support for expansion to the West?

3. Where did Houston say he wanted it written that he loved his country, he was a patriot, and he was devoted to the Union.

4. Who suggested that Senators were vulgar demagogues?

5. Where did Houston deliver his acceptance speech after being elected Governor as an independent?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Sen. Benton get his reputation as a fighter?

2. What does Kennedy identify as a difficult situation after a candidate is voted into the senate?

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

4. What does Kennedy have to say about political organizations that have the time and resources to mount letter writing campaigns?

5. What metaphor does Kennedy use illustrating the elected official and constituency relationship?

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

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

8. Was Houston able to prevent Texas from seceding from the Union?

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

10. What was the irony of John Quincey's taking sides with Jefferson against his father?

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