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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 act of inconsistency brought his Missouri constituents to brand him a traitor?
(a) His voting with the Republicans.
(b) His opposition to annexting Texas.
(c) His willingness to allow the country to go to war.
(d) His opposition to the Missouri Compromise.

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

3. What is the first pressure of Americans that keeps them from acting courageously according to Kennedy?
(a) The need to raise campaign money.
(b) The need to be well liked.
(c) The need to be right all the time.
(d) The need to be different from other politicians.

4. What was Daniel Webster known for during his lifetime?
(a) As a squeaky voiced speaker.
(b) As a politician who opposed any kind of compromise.
(c) As a particularly eloquent speaker.
(d) As a writer of fiction.

5. What is the example of some advice Kennedy received when he first became a Congressman?
(a) Listen and do what the majority are doing.
(b) The way to get along is to go along.
(c) The way to go is to make your own decisions.
(d) Follow the yellow brick road.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a particular problem on occasion when the electorate presents a desire to the elected official?

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

3. How was Benton's behavior different when he was with his family from when he was involved in politics?

4. What advantage did John Quincey Adams have as a politician?

5. According to Kennedy, what makes it difficult to recognize courageous acts when they do occur?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the Senate Republicans feel about Ross when he first came to Congress?

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

3. What is some of the speculation regarding Ross' not revealing how he would vote until he cast his vote on the Senate floor?

4. Why was it so easy for him to go and live with the Indians?

5. What was the first courageous act George W. Norris of Nebraska performed in Congress?

6. How did Norris manage to stop the vote on the Armed Ship Bill?

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

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

9. What personal weakness does Kennedy point out about John Quincey Adams?

10. How did Edmund G. Ross come to the U.S. Senate from Kansas?

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