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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. What does Lewis order his men to sleep with in this chapter?

2. What do the captains send out a party to look for?

3. What tribe of Indians does Clarke send La Liberte to talk to?

4. What keeps the mosquitoes away in this chapter?

5. What does the scouting party have to find up the southern fork of the river?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is George Shannon's conditions when he finally shows up again in the third chapter?

2. How does Clark defuse a situation between a husband and wife on November 22nd?

3. Why does Clark name the sandstone structure Pompy's Tower?

4. Why do the captains want to find La Liberte in the second chapter?

5. How do the captains try to persuade the tribes to make peace with each other?

6. In what what way is the meeting with the Teton Sioux Indians intense?

7. Describe the meeting that takes place between the captains and the Yankton Siuox on August 30th.

8. What does Captain Clark do between the 10th and 12th of July?

9. How does Yellept help the Corps in Chapter 20?

10. What problems do the men endure as they make their way across the Bitterroot Mountains?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Examine the importance of the buffalo to the American Indians within the following areas:

1) Religion

2) Everyday life

3) Survival

Essay Topic 2

Look at the structure of the journals.

1) How did the editor edit and structure the entries of the journal to make it more entertaining?

2) What information do you think the editor decided against using and why?

3) How much of the real voice of the writers is lost by not presenting all the information?

Essay Topic 3

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

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