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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 more education.
(b) The need to travel the world.
(c) The need to get re-elected.
(d) The need to publish a book.

2. Who was the first son of a former president to become president of the U.S.?
(a) Geroge Washington Carver.
(b) Andrew Jefferson.
(c) Thomas Alva Edison.
(d) John Quincey Adams.

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

4. Why was Webster a leader in the North prior to the Civil War?
(a) He was older than any other politician.
(b) He could out talk his opponents.
(c) He knew all the words in the dictionary.
(d) He had strong views against slavery.

5. What is a particular problem on occasion when the electorate presents a desire to the elected official?
(a) What they want they are not willing to help pay for.
(b) What they want may not in the long run be good for the constituency.
(c) What they want is not fair to fixed income people.
(d) What they want is not clear to the elected official.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which of the following public offices did John Quincey Adams NOT hold?

3. Why was Webster not bothered by what many would consider as bribes?

4. To what does Kennedy ascribe as half the power of Webster?

5. Who served as the Governor of Tennessee and later as Senator from the State of Texas?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Relate how Benton survived an attempt on his life by another senator.

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

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

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

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