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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 one of Benton's favorite sayings about himself?
(a) Benton is a bull in a china shop.
(b) Benton always knows what is right.
(c) Benton will never compromise.
(d) Benton and Democracy are one and the same.

2. What was rumored to be the cause of Houston's breakdown and resigning as Governor of Tennessee?
(a) People were pressuring him to run for President of the Union but he did not want to.
(b) General Andrew Jackson called him for an important secret mission.
(c) He discovered that his young bride had been forced to marry him even though she loved another.
(d) He started drinking heavily and could not perform his duties.

3. What metaphor does Kennedy use to describe the relationship between the elected official and the electorate?
(a) A coach-team relationship.
(b) A lawyer-client relationship.
(c) A doctor-patient relationship.
(d) A father-child relationship.

4. Who said that courage is grace under pressure?
(a) Ernest Hemingway.
(b) Jesus Christ.
(c) John Quincy Adams.
(d) Bret Hart.

5. How did Webster view the Compromise of 1850 in terms of his anti-slavery convictions?
(a) He believed that compromise would eventually lead to abolition.
(b) He wanted to bring the prospect of Civil War to a head.
(c) He viewed it as a short-term compromise.
(d) He thought it would give him power to run for President.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the subject of PROFILES IN COURAGE all have in common?

2. What advantage did John Quincey Adams have as a politician?

3. When Houston ran away from home in his childhood, where did he go?

4. What advantage do minority special interest groups have to influence elected officials?

5. Besides the Texas territory which Benton opposed, what other one did he support against his party's stand?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What interesting historical distinction did Adams and his father share in regards to their Presidencies?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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