Brave Companions Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

David McCullough
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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 Remington falsely claim to be?

2. When was the first stake for the railroad driven?

3. What is the major disease that kills many of the workers on the railroad?

4. How many documents does Valentine find?

5. What becomes Remington's formula for his success as a commercial artist?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Agassiz decide to make America his permanent home?

2. What are the unusual circumstances of Hattie's marriage?

3. Explain the role that the Wild West plays in Remington's work.

4. What was the impetus for the Brooklyn Bridge?

5. Explain how the drawings are crafted.

6. What is the focus of "Glory Days in Medora?

7. What is the topic of "The Builders?"

8. What was the career path of naturalist Louis Agassiz that leads him from Switzerland to America?

9. For what is the town of Medora most known today?

10. What is the purpose of Brave Companions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In 1872, a reporter from the Brooklyn Eagle observes that few who cross the Brooklyn Bridge will value the courage, faith and genius that underlie its successful building. What does he mean by this statement? Does the finding of the bridge builders' drawings increase the level of appreciation? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Charles Lindbergh lost some popularity in America when he went to Germany prior to World War II and then took an isolationist position related to war with Germany. What does it mean to take an isolationist position? Why were many Americans disheartened to learn of Lindbergh's position on the subject of war with Germany?

Essay Topic 3

"Steam Road to El Dorado" tells the story of the building of the Panama Railroad. Cite examples that illustrate the greed, perseverance, success and failure related to the project. Is the railroad considered a success or failure in your opinion?

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