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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 effect did Webster's three-hour-long speech in the Senate have in 1850?
(a) It gave the South the idea of secession.
(b) It made many political allies for Webster.
(c) It rallied the North to declare war on the South.
(d) It helped hold off the Civil War for a good ten years.

2. Where did Benton say he's rather see the Democratic Party rather than give one inch to Mr. Van Buren?
(a) Out of politics altogether.
(b) Right in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
(c) A thousand miles north of the Mason Dixon Line.
(d) 50 fathoms deep into the middle of hell fire.

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

4. What is an irony of Benton's opposition to the slave states?
(a) He owned slaves himself.
(b) He refused to go against his own party.
(c) He opposed abolition.
(d) He was a descendent of a slave.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is ironic about Houston as an Indian fighter?

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

3. What was Webster's justification for accepting political gifts and money?

4. Which of the following public offices did John Quincey Adams NOT hold?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Discus the results of Benton's not voting for the annexation of Texas.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Kennedy point out as a moral flaw in Daniel Webster?

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