The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons 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 date did the men come out of the Grand Canyon?

2. When was the party ready to cross the river by boat?

3. What did the men take from the Indian garden they found on August 26th?

4. Who lead the cult societies within clans?

5. Where must the party reach, after setting out on October 29?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the end of Chapter VIII, which member of Powell's party decided not to continue on the journey?

2. In mid July, how many months of rations did they have left? Why?

3. Describe the trip through the Canyon of Desolation.

4. What were the signals of Indians in the illustrations in Chapter XI?

5. What form of government did the Zuni have?

6. Powell got into a dangerous situation in Chapter VIII. How did Bradley save him?

7. Where did Powell party travel after Tusayan?

8. Describe the town of Oraibi.

9. Describe the rain ceremony Powell observed.

10. How many men continued on after September 1st? What did the others do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The members of of Powell's team showed extraordinary courage on their journey down the Colorado River. They ventured into unknown territory, faced life threatening rapids, and the great unknown. Using examples from the text, analyze the motif of courage as shown in The Exploration of the of Colorado River and Its Canyons.

Essay Topic 2

Powell is noted as the first explorer to go down the Grand Canyon. However, Powell met many Indian tribes who helped him navigate the Colorado River and its canyons. In an essay, analyze the assumption of the American white explorers that they were the first to "discover" parts of the West.

Essay Topic 3

As an explorer, Powell and his team ventured into unknown territory, not knowing what they would find, how they would survive, how long they would be gone, or how long their supplies would last. They were faced daily with obstacles requiring acts of bravery. In an essay, examine the motif of bravery in The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons.

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