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 was the name of the steamboat that carried passengers up the Missouri beyond Franklin?

2. At the fort Big Horn men were divided into messes. How many people were a part of one "mess"?

3. What was one of the Crows' rules of warfare that Jim Bridger followed?

4. What was Meek's answer when the Crow chief asked him how many men Bridger had?

5. Who was the original owner of the American Fur Company?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When the snow was gone and Bridger got ready to set out with Sir George Gore on the trail to Yellowstone, what did they bring with them?

3. In Chapter 22, what did the Army pay Jim Bridger and what supplies did they provide to him?

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

5. What was Fetterman's scheme to trick the enemy?

6. 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?

7. Why did the Indians give Jim Bridger the name of "Big Throat"?

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

9. In the old days of rendezvous trappers, how did the trappers live like lords?

10. Which tribes came to the treaty grounds of Fort Laramie, and who were some of the well known Indians that attended?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the book, there are tales of men losing their wives, either to the Indian attacks or during childbirth. Jim Bridger had more than one wife that died in childbirth, and one child that was taken by the Indians and never seen again. How do you think the familiarity of loved ones dying affected the Mountain Men, especially Jim Bridger? Even after the Indians took his daughter, do you think Jim Bridger kept an open mind about the Indians? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the Indians as seen through Jim Bridger's eyes. What qualities did Bridger admire in the Indians? What tribes were known as friends to Bridger? Describe the Indians as seen through the U.S. government's eyes? How do these two views differ and why?

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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