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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. In a speech, how did Houston justify his right to deliver an address in a Texas town where he had been turned away from the courthouse?
(a) He said he paid his taxes regularly.
(b) He said he had authorized the funds to build that courthouse.
(c) He said he had watered Texas soil with his blood.
(d) He said he was the greatest general Texas ever had.

2. What traits indicate that Adams suffered common human emotions?
(a) Adams secret life of debauchery.
(b) His hate and retribution against his enemies.
(c) Lapses in his Puritanical beliefs.
(d) Times of disappointment and hurt at loss of popularity.

3. What leader who was at odds with Adams' father did John Quincey find himself agreeing with quite often?
(a) Alexander Hamilton.
(b) Thomas Jefferson.
(c) George Washington.
(d) Benjamin Franklin.

4. Although thought of as a crazy politician, what did John F. Kennedy see as a mark of courage in the man?
(a) His stance on big government over states' rights.
(b) He would stand up in the Senate without a gun.
(c) He would do what he thought was right regardless of his party or his popularity.
(d) He would do whatever was necessary to get re-elected.

5. What view did Webster take that made him unpopular with abolitionists?
(a) He would not address the subject of slavery because he though it would just go away.
(b) He did not feel that being a part of a Union that allowed slavery in some territories a viable alternative.
(c) He refused to argue against salvery when he went to the Southern states.
(d) He was a strong supporter of the Union and believed compromise on slavery was more important than breaking up the nation.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What is the first pressure of Americans that keeps them from acting courageously according to Kennedy?

4. What act of inconsistency brought his Missouri constituents to brand him a traitor?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Lamar win respect from Northerners and Democrats in Congress?

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

3. After the Senate, what political office did Lamar hold?

4. What does fear have to do with being courageous?

5. Why did Sen. Lamar vote against the Bland Silver Bill even though the Mississippi legislature had instructed him to vote for it?

6. What happened to Ross after the Johnson impeachment proceedings?

7. How did Norris manage to stop the vote on the Armed Ship Bill?

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

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

10. What were Ross' feelings about the presidency that caused him to vote the way he did even though he opposed President Andrew Johnson?

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