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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 is the irony of Houston's defending the Northerner's rights to abolition?
(a) Houston opposed slavery except in the South.
(b) Houston was a slave to the Cherokee.
(c) Houston owned slaves himself.
(d) Houston disliked all Yankees.
2. What did the historian Wharton say about Houston's courage as he fought against Texas' secession from the Union?
(a) No one paid any attention as Houston entered the Secessionist Convention.
(b) Houston finally lost his courage and gave in to popular opinion.
(c) It took a thousand times more courage than charging up the hill at San Jacinto.
(d) He relapsed into alcoholism and went back to the Cherokee.
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 rallied the North to declare war on the South.
(c) It gave the South the idea of secession.
(d) It made many political allies for Webster.
4. What does Kennedy identify as the second pressure that prevents courageous deeds by elected officials.
(a) The need to travel the world.
(b) The need to get more education.
(c) The need to get re-elected.
(d) The need to publish a book.
5. What occurred during a duel that gave Benton a reputation as something of a thug?
(a) He had a sniper actually shoot the opponent.
(b) He threw down his gun and beat the man with his fists.
(c) He killed a U. S. District Attorney.
(d) He rigged the other pistol so it wouldn't fire.
Short Answer Questions
1. John Quincey Adams' mother was fond of saying John had been groomed to do what?
2. What was Daniel Webster known for during his lifetime?
3. What questionable arrangement kept Webster in the Senate when he was about to resign?
4. How was Benton's behavior different when he was with his family from when he was involved in politics?
5. Kennedy sees as a weakness in John Quincey Adams an emotional attachment to whom?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Kennedy point out as interesting about letter John Quincey wrote at ages nine and forty-five?
2. What does Kennedy identify as a difficult situation after a candidate is voted into the senate?
3. What great stand did Webster take against the wishes of his abolitionist constituents?
4. Why was John Quincey Adams' relationship with Thomas Jefferson so strange?
5. How does the book reflect John Kennedy's admiration for certain former U.S. Senators?
6. What metaphor does Kennedy use illustrating the elected official and constituency relationship?
7. Write down the epithet that testified to the intelligence of Thomas Hart Benton.
8. How did Sen. Benton get his reputation as a fighter?
9. What courageous vote did Houston cast that was unpopular with his constituents in Texas?
10. What are the three pressures Kennedy identifies for any elected official?
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