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 trapper rule concerning guns was similar to the rule of the Indian camps?

2. What city did Jim Bridger's father work in?

3. Who's doctor did Captain William Sublette have his wounds dressed by?

4. How old was Jim Bridger when his family headed west?

5. What kind of animal was Old Ephraim?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 8, why were Jim and Tom leading Vanderburgh on a "wild goose chase"?

2. After Old Glass was injured by a bear, why couldn't he travel with the men, and what was the solution the men came up with?

3. 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?

4. Why was the gift of being an explorer such an important asset to a fur trader?

5. Why was it when a Grizzly bear has seen a person that the person is generally unable to get away?

6. Where did the Atsena Indians get their name of Big Bellies from?

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

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

9. When Bridger became a free trapper, what did he do with the furs and with his earnings?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What new things did you learn from this book about Mountain Men and the way they lived and survived? What things surprised you or enlightened you about Jim Bridger's way of life? Use specific information to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Describe how Jim Bridger and other Mountain Men benefited in knowing and working with the Indian tribes. Describe how the Indian tribes benefited from knowing and working with the Mountain men. Use specific information from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Describe how the theme of independence is revealed in the book. There is a boat named the Independence mentioned in Chapter 1. How does this vessel tie in with Jim Bridger's development of his own independence in Chapter 1? How does Bridger's independence increase during the course of the book?

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