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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. How did Lamar view the free silver movement of 1877?
(a) He supported it to help save Mississippi.
(b) He saw it as a depletion of the nation's silver.
(c) He saw it as creating easy inflationary money.
(d) He was too ill to pay it much attention.

2. How did Norris attack Joe Cannon's power?
(a) Press conferences informing the public of Cannon's abuse of power.
(b) Filibusters on every issue that Cannon favored.
(c) Impeachment threats against the Speaker of the House.
(d) A resolution requiring the entire House to study and amend a resolution, rather than just allow the Speaker to appoint a committee.

3. What was Sen. Albert Beveridge's famous statement after he was defeated for speaking out against the Payne-Aldrich Tariff Act?
(a) Our country would be better off with an Indian tribe style government of blood and prejudice.
(b) It is all right, twelve years of hard work, and a clean record; I am content.
(c) I can see now that I should have kept my mouth shut and my mind open.
(d) The people of Indiana will see the error of their ways one day in the future.

4. Who called Taft's speech against the Nazi war crimes trials a classic example of his muddled and confused thinking?
(a) Newspaper columnist David Lawrence.
(b) Gov. Thomas E. Dewey of New York.
(c) Sen. Scott Lucas of Illinois.
(d) Former Nazi Franz Von Papen.

5. Which bitter rival of Sen. Robert A. Taft actually ended up in the White House?
(a) Dwight D. Eisenhaur.
(b) Richard Nixon.
(c) Harry S. Truman.
(d) Thomas E. Dewey.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Taft's candor cause him to lose his party's nomination for President?

2. Why did George Norris believe Big Business was urging the country into war?

3. What Speaker of the House did Norris oppose to the chagrin of his party?

4. Who was the only Southern senator who refused to secede with his state?

5. Taft's words on freedom of thought, freedom from orthodox dogma, and the right to think for oneself are his definition of what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is some of the speculation regarding Ross' not revealing how he would vote until he cast his vote on the Senate floor?

2. What was wrong with the situation under the lead of Czar Cannon in the House?

3. Why was it courageous of Norris to support Al Smith for President?

4. What were Ross' feelings about the presidency that caused him to vote the way he did even though he opposed President Andrew Johnson?

5. What was the result of Lamar's appointment to oversee the recount in the Hayes-Tilden presidential vote?

6. What was the first courageous act George W. Norris of Nebraska performed in Congress?

7. What was the Armed Ship Bill and why did Norris oppose it?

8. What immediate reaction came from Gov. Dewey of New York after Taft opposed the Nazi war crimes trials?

9. What was the reaction of the Democrats to Taft's public statements?

10. After the Senate, what political office did Lamar hold?

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