Jim Bridger, Mountain Man; a Biography Test | Final 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 the name of the paper where almost a whole page was dedicated to Jim Bridger?

2. What did the emigrants call the trappers and traders?

3. When Jim Bridger arrived at his home in Santa Fe, he had a son named what?

4. How many men did Sir George Gore have in his entourage?

5. What had Mrs. Bridger lost in Chapter 16, that one of the groups of travelers had given her?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 17, when the Cheyenne Indians brought the two scalps and offered them back to the Snake Indians, what happened?

2. What quality Chapter 21 did Jim Bridger have that made him superior to other Mountain Men?

3. What are some of the things that Jim Bridger did to help the Mormons and their leader, Brigham Young?

4. What were some of Sir George Gore's morning habits?

5. What happened to the artist and correspondent named Ridgeway Glover who went on a walk unarmed one afternoon?

6. In Chapter 18, what was the first move the Saints tried to make on the Mountain men, and what happened?

7. What happened that let Bridger see a chance for official backing concerning the Hot Springs, geysers, lake, and Fire Hole River?

8. How did Shotwell describe Jim Bridger in Chapter 24?

9. When the snow was gone and Bridger got ready to set out with Sir George Gore on the trail to Yellowstone, what did they bring with them?

10. What idea did Bridger develop when he experienced a number of emigrants coming to Fort Laramie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 14 Jim Bridger is quoted as saying, "If you betray timidity or indecision, you convert them from that moment into insidious and dangerous enemies." Who was Bridger referring to in this statement, and what did he mean?

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

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.

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