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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 did Webster's constituents view his stand on compromise with the slave states?
(a) They were proud of their native son.
(b) They thought he should run for President.
(c) They supported him wholeheartedly.
(d) It drew their wrath.

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

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

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

5. What two bills did Houston support that made him unpopular in the South?
(a) Calhoun's bills and resolutions on the Oregon question.
(b) The repeal of the Missouri Compromise and the bill of rights.
(c) The Kansas-Nebraska bill and the articles of confederation.
(d) The Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the Compromise of 1850.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did one reporter categorize elected officials?

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

3. What traits indicate that Adams suffered common human emotions?

4. What was so strange about Henry Clay's enlisting Webster in his cause for compromise?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Relate two important firsts for Senator Thomas Hart Benton.

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

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

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

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

7. How did Lamar win respect from Northerners and Democrats in Congress?

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

9. After the Senate, what political office did Lamar hold?

10. Why was the Jay Treaty of 1795 so unpopular in the new country of the United States?

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