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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. How was Benton's behavior different when he was with his family from when he was involved in politics?
(a) He held his family by fear.
(b) He hid his wife's mental illness from the public.
(c) He was easy on political opponents and harsh on his family.
(d) He was always warm and gentle around his family.

2. What made Sam Houston a household word in the United States?
(a) He was leader of the Texas forces that defeated Mexico at the battle of San Jacinto.
(b) He ran for president in 1856 but did not win the Democratic nomination.
(c) He became known for the Houston knife he invented.
(d) He was a greater orator than Daniel Webster.

3. What did the historian Wharton say about Houston's courage as he fought against Texas' secession from the Union?
(a) It took a thousand times more courage than charging up the hill at San Jacinto.
(b) No one paid any attention as Houston entered the Secessionist Convention.
(c) Houston finally lost his courage and gave in to popular opinion.
(d) He relapsed into alcoholism and went back to the Cherokee.

4. What does Kennedy see as Webster's moral flaw?
(a) Webster was an alcoholic and often lost track of time.
(b) Webster was a compulsive gambler.
(c) Webster had many affairs his wife did not know about.
(d) Webster had no compunction against taking money for political favors.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the example of some advice Kennedy received when he first became a Congressman?

2. How does Kennedy assess the failure of both Adams presidencies to produce second terms?

3. John Quincey Adams was a Senator from what state?

4. What is Kennedy's third pressure that he feels is the most damaging?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. What courageous vote did Houston cast that was unpopular with his constituents in Texas?

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

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

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

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

6. What advantages does Kennedy say John Quincey Adams had for political life?

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

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

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

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

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