The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Powell's Colorado River expedition was unique in its purpose: to explore the Colorado and Green Rivers. These expeditions differed from others exploratory missions. How was Powell's exploration different than previous explorers in the same time period? Consider the role the government played, political motivations, purpose, and funding sources.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the historical context Powell's expeditions were in. Consider the following areas: social, political, economic, culture, and religious. How did these impact Powell's mission?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze Powell's leadership qualities as they relate to his exploration of the Colorado River. What qualified him as a leader? Was he a good leader? Support your answer with evidence from the text.

Essay Topic 4

Select one member of Powell's team. What strengths did he bring to the team? What liabilities did he bring? What contributions did the person make to the expedition.

Essay Topic 5

In an essay, analyze Powell's...

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