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. In Chapter 9, what tribe did Bridger have to buy more horses from?

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

3. What happened to the men from Sublette's brigade that headed out ahead of the group?

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

5. Who saved Kit Carson from being attacked by the Indians?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Colonel Leavenworth arrived at Fort Recovery, why was the Colonel looking glum?

2. Even though beaver pelts were still plentiful, the Rocky Mountain Fur Company was struggling. What were some of the reasons for these struggles?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why did Captain Sir William Drummond Stuart make people stare?

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

10. What questions did the Crow chief ask Joseph Meek to tell the truth about so he could live?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Describe Sir George Gore. What were some characteristics that stood out to you about George Gore as you read the book? Why do you think George Gore and Jim Bridger became fast friends? What are some similarities between Gore and Bridger? Use specific information from the book to support your answers.

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