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 kind of animal's udder did Jim Bridger use to feed his new baby girl?

2. What did Jim Bridger find on the side of a trail that had Indian signs marked on them?

3. In Chapter 26, who said he was "sure a single company of regulars could whip a thousand Indians"?

4. When Bridger's wife died during childbirth, she left him with a daughter named what?

5. How much did Jim Bridger agree to lease Fort Bridger to the government for?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did the Indians give Jim Bridger the name of "Big Throat"?

2. What is the reason that historians give for the quarrel between Brigham Young and Jim Bridger?

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

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

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

6. Why did Jim Bridger's stay at home in Chapter 22 not last long?

7. What was Jim Bridger's motto in Chapter 21?

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

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

10. In the winter of 1847, why did Joseph Meek come to visit Bridger?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Every year the Mountain Men would gather together in a specific spot for a rendezvous. What was the purpose of these rendezvouses, and what happened during these gatherings? Use specific information from the book in your explanation.

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