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. Which greenhorn was described as being awake and never resting?

2. Who was the first American to harvest beaver fur west of the Rockies?

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

4. Even though Bridger was hospitable and generous, he was not fond of what?

5. In Chapter 8, Bridger and Fitzpatrick headed back towards Henry's Fork of what river?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. In 1846, which party stopped by Fort Bridger and why?

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

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

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

8. As Jim Bridger got older what health problems did he develop?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What are some of the reasons given in the book to why Jim Bridger and Brigham Young didn't get along? What do you feel were reasons for the animosity between Bridger and Young? Do you think animosity is the right word? What other words would describe the relationship between Bridger and Brigham Young? Do you think these two individuals could have ever been friends? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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