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 another name for goats mentioned in Chapter 3?

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

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

4. What tribe was named, "Big Bellies"?

5. When Old Ephraim ran across the Prince Maximilian party, how many rifle's worth of lead did he carry off with him?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. Who was the bear that Prince Maximilian spoke of, and what was the story of this great bear?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is a greenhorn, and what did Jim Bridger become after he wasn't considered a greenhorn anymore?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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