Jim Bridger, Mountain Man; a Biography 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 did Jim Bridger's father do?

2. When Joseph Meek headed out of camp alone on what day out of camp did the Crows catch up with him?

3. When Indians attacked Henry's party in the beginning of Chapter 5, how many men were wounded?

4. What was another name for goats mentioned in Chapter 3?

5. From what tribe did Joseph Meek's wife come from?

Short Essay Questions

1. During the months when finding beavers and hunting furs wasn't easy, what kind of work did the men do so that they would still have work during the winters?

2. What dramatic events took place when Bridger was going on fourteen years old?

3. Who hated the American Fur Company and why?

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. Describe the area known as Pierre's Hole or Teton Basin.

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

9. Why did the Crow chief come into Bridger's camp with forty men to request a truce?

10. What significance did Dr. Marcus Whitman have in Jim Bridger's life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think, as the years went by and towards the end of the book, there was more hostility between the white man and the Indians? What events and factors contributed to the crumbling relationship between the two races? What things do you think could have been done to mend the relationship between Indians and the white man? Use specific information from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Jim Bridger. What are some of his strengths and weaknesses? How does the author describe Jim Bridger's physical appearance? What kind of inner qualities did Bridger possess? Why physical characteristics did Bridger have that made him a good Mountain Man? Explain your answers and use specific information from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Every year the Mountain Men would gather together in a specific spot for a rendezvous. What was the purpose of these rendezvouses, and what happened during these gatherings? Use specific information from the book in your explanation.

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