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. Who rides in the first carriage across the bridge?

2. "The Builders" is the story of the building of _________________.

3. Where does Agassiz take a summer expedition in 1848?

4. What does Theodore Roosevelt find even more interesting about Remington than his paintings?

5. Who is Louis Agassiz?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the subject of the essay entitled "Journey to the Top of the World?"

2. How is Agassiz' American lecture tour described?

3. What role does Emily Washington play in the building of the bridge?

4. Explain Theodore Roosevelt's interest in the Medora area.

5. Explain Harriet's familiarity with slavery which allows her to write Uncle Tom's Cabin.

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

7. What is the human cost of building the Panama Railroad?

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

9. When is the idea for the Panama Railroad born and who are its creators?

10. What is Frederic Remington's background?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As an historian, David McCullough uses the theme of the passing of time and capturing moments before they are gone. How is this theme best exemplified by the people and events covered in this book?

Essay Topic 2

David Plowden considers himself to be more of an historian than photographer which is why he is driven to capture people and places before they disappear. Explain the ultimate futility of Plowden's work since history is always on the heels of the last moment.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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