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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 Benton's characteristic that early on made his constituents love him?
(a) His sense of humor.
(b) His fearlessness.
(c) His political favors.
(d) His humble nature.

2. What is the irony of Houston's defending the Northerner's rights to abolition?
(a) Houston disliked all Yankees.
(b) Houston owned slaves himself.
(c) Houston opposed slavery except in the South.
(d) Houston was a slave to the Cherokee.

3. To what does Kennedy ascribe as half the power of Webster?
(a) His political connections.
(b) His outstanding education.
(c) His ability to make friends easily.
(d) His handsomeand commanding appearance.

4. After Houston's removal from the Senate, what office did he run for and win as an independent?
(a) Attorney General of Texas.
(b) House of Representatives.
(c) Governor of Texas.
(d) Senator from Tennessee.

5. What was the dichotomy concerning John Quincey Adams' father?
(a) Adams was not religious but his son, John Quincey, was a devout Puritan.
(b) Adams had raised his son to do what he believed to be right and that meant opposing his father.
(c) Adams was a stern father but a political liberal.
(d) Adams raised his son to always do as his father did regardless of what he thought personally.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did Benton say he's rather see the Democratic Party rather than give one inch to Mr. Van Buren?

2. What view did Webster take that made him unpopular with abolitionists?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What great stand did Webster take against the wishes of his abolitionist constituents?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe Benton's leaving Tennessee early in his life.

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

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

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

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