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 one of the Crows' rules of warfare that Jim Bridger followed?

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

3. What kind of animal was Old Ephraim?

4. In Chapter 9, it was mentioned that on average about one Mountain man was killed every how many days?

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

4. While Joseph Meek was marching with the Crow Indians, what did the squaws do to Meek amuse themselves?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Jim Bridger and Tom Fitzpatrick were old friends that had been through a lot together. Name some of the stories that Bridger and Fitzpatrick were involved with. How important do you think it was to have a long lasting camaraderie in the wilderness?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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