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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 issue caused Benton finally to begin losing popularity in Missouri?
(a) Benton had too many duels.
(b) The Missouri voters felt allied to the South but Benton supported the Union.
(c) The Missouri voters became ashamed of Benton's rough behavior.
(d) Benton refused to own slaves.

2. What questionable arrangement kept Webster in the Senate when he was about to resign?
(a) Webster was offered a bfribe which he nearly accepted.
(b) Businesses who benefited from his help paid off his debts so he could remain in the senate.
(c) Webster lied under oath in a Senate hearing.
(d) Webster appointed his relatives to Senate jobs.

3. What was so strange about Henry Clay's enlisting Webster in his cause for compromise?
(a) Webster had given many speeches opposing Henry Clay.
(b) Clay had always opposed Webster in the Senate before.
(c) Clay was a republican and Webster was an independent.
(d) Clay was from the South and Webster was from the North.

4. Who suggested that Senators were vulgar demagogues?
(a) A cabinet member.
(b) A reporter.
(c) An ambassador.
(d) A preacher.

5. For what prestigious university did Adams once work as a professor?
(a) Yale.
(b) Harvard.
(c) Dartmouth.
(d) Princeton.

Short Answer Questions

1. What made Sam Houston a household word in the United States?

2. What was one argument Webster made for compromising on the question of slavery?

3. Kennedy sees as a weakness in John Quincey Adams an emotional attachment to whom?

4. In PROFILES IN COURAGE, what does John F. Kennedy fear the American public has forgotten?

5. What does Kennedy see as Webster's moral flaw?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What courageous belief did Webster demonstrate by speaking out for the 1850 Compromise?

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

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

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

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

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