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

2. Who said that courage is grace under pressure?
(a) John Quincy Adams.
(b) Jesus Christ.
(c) Ernest Hemingway.
(d) Bret Hart.

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

4. 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.

5. What metaphor does Kennedy use to describe the relationship between the elected official and the electorate?
(a) A father-child relationship.
(b) A coach-team relationship.
(c) A doctor-patient relationship.
(d) A lawyer-client relationship.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the subject of PROFILES IN COURAGE all have in common?

2. What advantage do minority special interest groups have to influence elected officials?

3. How did Benton urge support for expansion to the West?

4. What is ironic about Texas secession on March 2?

5. Who was the first son of a former president to become president of the U.S.?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Aside from being Senator from Massachusetts, what was Daniel Webster known for?

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

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

6. What does Kennedy point out as interesting about letter John Quincey wrote at ages nine and forty-five?

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

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

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

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

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