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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. Why was it considered a contradiction when Houston supported temperance?
(a) He was a heavy drinker.
(b) He owned a brewery.
(c) He made his money in rum running.
(d) His political supporters opposed temperance.

2. When Houston ran away from home in his childhood, where did he go?
(a) To Texas.
(b) To his grandfather.
(c) To sea.
(d) To live with the Cherokee.

3. What was the dichotomy concerning John Quincey Adams' father?
(a) Adams raised his son to always do as his father did regardless of what he thought personally.
(b) Adams had raised his son to do what he believed to be right and that meant opposing his father.
(c) Adams was a stern father but a political liberal.
(d) Adams was not religious but his son, John Quincey, was a devout Puritan.

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

5. To what does Kennedy ascribe as half the power of Webster?
(a) His ability to make friends easily.
(b) His outstanding education.
(c) His political connections.
(d) His handsomeand commanding appearance.

Short Answer Questions

1. For what conflict does Kennedy feel the most empathy?

2. How did one reporter categorize elected officials?

3. What metaphoric comparison does Kennedy make to John Quincey Adams' Puritanism?

4. Why did Houston define himself as an old fogy?

5. What Senator pulled a gun on Benton once?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the three pressures Kennedy identifies for any elected official?

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

4. Write down the epithet that testified to the intelligence of Thomas Hart Benton.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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