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

2. Kennedy sees as a weakness in John Quincey Adams an emotional attachment to whom?
(a) His religious congregational members.
(b) His college friends and professors.
(c) His wife and his mistress.
(d) His parents and God.

3. What Senator pulled a gun on Benton once?
(a) Senator William Cooper.
(b) Senator Henry Foote.
(c) Senator Aaron Burr.
(d) Senator Martin VanBuren.

4. What well-known military leader had Houston served under?
(a) Andrew Jackson.
(b) Ulysses S. Grant.
(c) George Washington.
(d) Robert E. Lee.

5. What view did Webster take that made him unpopular with abolitionists?
(a) He refused to argue against salvery when he went to the Southern states.
(b) He did not feel that being a part of a Union that allowed slavery in some territories a viable alternative.
(c) He would not address the subject of slavery because he though it would just go away.
(d) He was a strong supporter of the Union and believed compromise on slavery was more important than breaking up the nation.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was John Quincey Adams generally unhappy?

2. How did Benton's reputation for being crazy become problematic to his opponents?

3. What metaphor does Kennedy use to describe the relationship between the elected official and the electorate?

4. What action by Texas brought about the end of Houston's career?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does the book reflect John Kennedy's admiration for certain former U.S. Senators?

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

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

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