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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. Roosevelt's family attribute his presidency and his Rough Riders to ______________________.

2. What is Mores' plan for the town of Medora?

3. Humboldt and Bonpland explored the New World colonies of which country?

4. Humboldt is one of the earliest _________________.

5. Why does Roosevelt suffer bouts of depression?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Agassiz' teaching style at Harvard?

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

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

4. What is the nature of Harriet Beecher's childhood?

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

6. What is Valentine's struggle with getting the bridge documents validated?

7. Who founded the town of Medora and what was his purpose for doing so?

8. Remington is prolific with his painting and writing but what new medium does he discover which he feels will make him immortal?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

David Plowden is fascinated by trains and takes his first picture of one when he is ten years old. How can you explain Plowden's fascination with trains? What do trains signify to people? What is the allure of the concept of leaving and the loneliness of the one left behind?

Essay Topic 2

As an historian, David McCullough would naturally be drawn to Washington, D.C. What does he especially like about the city? What important events in his life occurred there? Why does McCullough choose to live there? Do you think he likes "old" history as well as being close to the center of where much "new" history is made? Explain.

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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