Jim Bridger, Mountain Man; a Biography Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Stanley Vestal
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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 another name for goats mentioned in Chapter 3?

2. In Chapter 6, the air was described to be like what?

3. A prime beaver skin could sell for up to how many dollars?

4. In Chapter 5, who was called an "ornery skunk"?

5. Which of the older trappers was a more dashing Indian fighter?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 4, what two traits were to be respected among the Indians?

2. Describe the time of year that Jim Bridger was born and what he looked like.

3. Why did Joseph Meek shoot a young brave in Chapter 12?

4. What happened when Joseph Meek laid down Sally so that he could live?

5. What kinds of jobs did Jim Bridger first hold to help support himself and his sister?

6. Even though beaver pelts were still plentiful, the Rocky Mountain Fur Company was struggling. What were some of the reasons for these struggles?

7. When Colonel Leavenworth arrived at Fort Recovery, why was the Colonel looking glum?

8. What were some of the things Jim and Tom did to throw Vanderburgh off their trail?

9. In Chapter 3, as soon as the fort was built, Bridger set out with the other men to hunt and trap. What kind of animals does Bridger say they hunted or trapped?

10. Describe what the spot looked like where the Mississippi River meets the Missouri River, according to Jim Bridger.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the events that led up to Jim Bridger receiving two arrows in his back in Chapter 8. Why did Bridger receive these arrows to the back? Do you think they were deserved? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Sir George Gore. What were some characteristics that stood out to you about George Gore as you read the book? Why do you think George Gore and Jim Bridger became fast friends? What are some similarities between Gore and Bridger? Use specific information from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

This book was a biography written by Stanley Vestal; therefore, it's a book about Jim Bridger written by someone else. How do you think this book would have been different if Bridger would have written it himself? What are some events or people that you think would have been described differently had Bridger written the book himself? Explain your answers and use specific information from the book to support your views.

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