The Journals of Lewis and Clark Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
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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. Who is responsible for piloting the keel boat?

2. What do the captains give the Indian boys as a present?

3. What does Clark observe in the distance on July 20th?

4. What does the Corps buy from a trading cargo?

5. What is the name of the veteran trader who joins their party?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the Captains establish specific appointments for Thompson, Warner and Collins in the opening chapter?

2. What does Jean Valle tell the party in the fourth chapter?

3. What do the men do when they set up camp on August the 15th?

4. What decision does the Court Martial make on Hugh Hall and John Collins?

5. What problems does the Teton tribe cause the party in the third chapter?

6. What problems do the men have in catching the grizzly in Chapter 8?

7. What decisions does Clark make on November 2?

8. Describe Toussaint Charbonneau and his current life.

9. What does Clark notice about the mound they climb in the third chapter?

10. Describe the Corps' stay at the Mandan village.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following and outline either Clark or Lewis' thoughts on the subject. Use your own ideas to argue whether you think the captain you have chosen is right or wrong.

1) The motives of the French Traders

2) Making peace with the Indians

3) The American Indian's way of life

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the animals the Corps encounters in the book and examine it in terms of the following:

1) Habitat

2) Diet

3) Survival skills

Essay Topic 3

What were the main concerns in America during the early 1800s. How are these concerns expressed in the journals?

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