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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 action by Texas brought about the end of Houston's career?
(a) Seceeding from the Confederacy and impeaching Sam Houston.
(b) Secession from the Union and demanding a vow of loyalty to Texas as a member of the Confederacy..
(c) Voting to declare war on the North and sending troups and money to the Confederacy.
(d) Voting to return to its independent state as the Republic of Texas.

2. Why was Webster not bothered by what many would consider as bribes?
(a) The moral question of accepting money and gifts for Webster was not an issue for him.
(b) He never let that happen to him.
(c) He felt he was entitled to extra benefits for his service to the Union.
(d) He accepted money and gifts but always did only what he thought was right.

3. What two bills did Houston support that made him unpopular in the South?
(a) The repeal of the Missouri Compromise and the bill of rights.
(b) The Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the Compromise of 1850.
(c) Calhoun's bills and resolutions on the Oregon question.
(d) The Kansas-Nebraska bill and the articles of confederation.

4. Who suggested that Senators were vulgar demagogues?
(a) A cabinet member.
(b) An ambassador.
(c) A preacher.
(d) A reporter.

5. What is a constant that an elected official must understand?
(a) He or she will never hear from the constituency until election day.
(b) He or she is under scrutiny by the constituency.
(c) The media will not report anything the elected official does not want made public.
(d) That once elected, the official is no longer responsible to the constituency.

Short Answer Questions

1. In a speech, how did Houston justify his right to deliver an address in a Texas town where he had been turned away from the courthouse?

2. What was the result of Webster's courageous stand in giving the Seventh of March speech?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What interesting historical distinction did Adams and his father share in regards to their Presidencies?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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