Profiles in Courage Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Kennedy identify as the second pressure that prevents courageous deeds by elected officials.

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

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

4. What advantage did John Quincey Adams have as a politician?

5. Besides appearing to be disloyal to his father when he aligned himself with Jefferson's politics, what other problem arose for John Quincey Adams?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What was Sen. Robert A. Taft's unrealized political ambition throughout his career?

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

8. How did Edmund G. Ross come to the U.S. Senate from Kansas?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on why a person cannot be arrested and tried for something that was not identified as a crime when he or she did it.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay contrasting Daniel Webster's seeing nothing wrong with taking money from special interests and Sam Rayburn's refusal to take even government money for House trips. You can look up Sam Rayburn on Wikipedia.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about compromise and how it is necessary to getting along in life.

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