Sam Houston and the American Southwest Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Randolph B. Campbell
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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 Indian word did Houston use to mean "house?"

2. What was the name of the general commissioned by the Mexican government to survey Texas?

3. What was Houston's drink of choice?

4. How many soldiers were left at the fort?

5. What important position was held by John Calhoun?

Short Essay Questions

1. What position did Houston accept in 1819? Who was responsible for getting Houston the job?

2. Examine Houston's return to Tennessee and his new law career.

3. Examine the meeting between Houston and Andrew Jackson. How did Houston's relationship with Jackson change his life?

4. How were the colonists split regarding the stalemate between Texas and Mexico? Who was involved? What measures did Houston take to win in favor of Texas?

5. Where did Houston decide to settle upon his return to Arkansas? Also discuss his marriage to Tiana and why it was unusual.

6. Who was consulted on the relationship between the Texans and the Mexican government? Who did this person contact in order to get a better feel for what was happening in the region? What was reported to the colonists?

7. What was Sam Houston's background? Where were his people from and where did they settle?

8. Examine Houston's relationship and agreement with James Prentiss.

9. Explain the Matamoros expedition, Houston's position, and the outcome of the plan.

10. Discuss Houston's early military career. When did Houston join the military? What was his rank? In which battle was Houston wounded? Where was he wounded?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a detailed time line regarding Houston's political activities. Use complete descriptions, accomplishments, failures, etc.

Essay Topic 2

Houston held a great many offices in the military and the government. Discuss each of Houston's offices, when and where they were held, accomplishments and failures of each, predecessors and successors, and important political affiliates. Which positions were off limits to Houston due to certain laws? Explain. What was Houston's most important role? In which role was Houston most effective?

Essay Topic 3

The presidential campaign between John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson was bitter and vicious. Discuss the campaign. Who was John Quincy Adams' main supporter? Who was Andrew Jackson's main supporter? Why did some people say the election was rigged and corrupt? Who won the election? Was it a first or second term for the new president? What kind of physical toll did the campaign take on Jackson's personal life? Explain.

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