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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 does Kennedy identify as the second pressure that prevents courageous deeds by elected officials.
(a) The need to get re-elected.
(b) The need to publish a book.
(c) The need to travel the world.
(d) The need to get more education.

2. What is Kennedy's third pressure that he feels is the most damaging?
(a) Making decisions when you do not have enough information to make good ones.
(b) Making decisions that will satisfy everyone in one way or another.
(c) Making decisions when a fellow Senator or Congressman needs to get a pet project going.
(d) Making decisions when to satisfy a constituancy will not be what is best for the nation.

3. What advantage did John Quincey Adams have as a politician?
(a) More money than anyone else.
(b) More education than experience.
(c) Ignorance of the Washington politics.
(d) The confidence of coming from a strong political family.

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

5. John Quincey Adams was a Senator from what state?
(a) Connecticutt.
(b) Massachusetts.
(c) Virginia.
(d) New York.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Kennedy suggest prevents a lot of people from acting courageously?

3. 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?

4. Besides appearing to be disloyal to his father when he aligned himself with Jefferson's politics, what other problem arose for John Quincey Adams?

5. What is a constant that an elected official must understand?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Detail the important political positions held by Sam Houston.

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