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 was one argument Webster made for compromising on the question of slavery?

2. What does Kennedy suggest prevents a lot of people from acting courageously?

3. Why was Webster not bothered by what many would consider as bribes?

4. What questionable arrangement kept Webster in the Senate when he was about to resign?

5. To what does Kennedy ascribe as half the power of Webster?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss in a paper why Sen. Norris' support for Al Smith for President might have been of special interest to Sen. John Kennedy.

Essay Topic 2

Write a two page paper on three people you believe should be in a future book on profiles in courage.

Essay Topic 3

How do you think American history might have been completely different if Edmund Norris had voted against President Johnson?

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