Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Doris Kearns Goodwin
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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 were liberal Democrats happy to receive when the Civil Rights Act was passed?

2. What time did the train leave that Johnson was on at the end of "Education and the Dream of Success"?

3. What did Johnson's Republican opponent accuse him of in the election for Senator in "The Making of a Politician"?

4. Who was President when Johnson was Senate Majority Leader?

5. What event did Johnson attend in Houston in June, 1928?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Sam Johnson think of his young son's hair?

2. Why was Johnson uncertain about running for the office of US Senator?

3. How did Johnson thwart the political power of the Black Stars?

4. What was Johnson's reaction to being asked to be Kennedy's vice-president?

5. What did Johnson's critics have to say about the power he held in the Senate?

6. Why did Johnson like going to the legislature with his father?

7. Why did Johnson feel uncomfortable in the Kennedy White House?

8. Describe Johnson's relationship with his mother, Rebekah.

9. Describe Johnson's heart attack.

10. What role did Johnson take on with the National Youth Administration agency?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What two events made Johnson decide to withdraw his candidacy for re-election? When did he announce his withdrawal to the American people? What did he hope to achieve by withdrawing?

Essay Topic 2

What was Johnson's philosophy behind the Great Society programs? What did he see as the problems in society at that time, and how did he hope to correct them through reform? Was the American public supportive of his legislative measures? Which ones in particular?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of control as it pertains to Johnson's leadership style. How did Johnson dominate his cabinet and staff when he was President? What practices did he put into place to secure his control? Why did he think this was necessary?

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