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 tribe was allies with the Blackfeet Indians?

2. How many arrows did the young warrior shoot into Jim Bridger's back?

3. What did Tom "slap" over Jim's wounds from the arrows?

4. Who did the Crow chief give the new name of "Shiam Shaspusia"?

5. In Chapter 8, who told Bridger not to be afraid because they knew the Indians and that they were his wife's relatives?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Who hated the American Fur Company and why?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Jim Bridger. What are some of his strengths and weaknesses? How does the author describe Jim Bridger's physical appearance? What kind of inner qualities did Bridger possess? Why physical characteristics did Bridger have that made him a good Mountain Man? Explain your answers and use specific information from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the significance of Jim Bridger to the United States. Describe Jim Bridger's importance to travelers and explorers that had never traveled "out west." How did the nation and individuals benefit from knowing and working with Jim Bridger?

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