The Path to Power Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robert Caro
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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 the change in the Johnson household do to Lyndon?

2. What was the name of the political group that emerged in the Texas Hill Country?

3. Who was offering Lyndon the opportunity for a secure financial future?

4. Sam Johnson's political interest supported _____________.

5. At what type of job did Lyndon earn a good living?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the author describe the Texas Hill Country?

2. What particular ability did Lyndon have when it came to charming people?

3. What unusual habit did the young Lyndon have and how did it involve farm hands and others associated with the family?

4. How did little Lyndon respond to the downturn in his parents' financial situation?

5. How did Lyndon court important people to help him politically?

6. What was Lyndon's position on FDR's New Deal?

7. What obstacles did Lyndon's mother, Rebekah, have in living in rural Texas?

8. Even though the New Deal helped people in the Texas Hill Country, they still had problems. Name two examples of the challenges faced by people in this time.

9. How did FDR help to save Lyndon's political career regarding some inappropriate campaign funds issues?

10. What was Longlea and who presided over the estate?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

From what you can glean from the author's descriptions, create a brief character study of Lyndon's father, Sam. What did he look like? What were his positive personality traits? What were some of his negative characteristics? What were his hopes and fears? What created the friction between him and Lyndon? How did he reconcile with him? What emotional damage was done to the relationship?

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Lady Bird Johnson. What did she look like? What were her positive personality traits? What were some of her negative characteristics? What were her hopes and fears? What motivated her throughout her life?

Essay Topic 3

Lyndon Johnson was no stranger to hurt and pain. From what you know of Lyndon's life through this book, what were his biggest sorrows and worst betrayals? How did he manage through them? How did his coping skills evidence themselves in many aspects of his life? Explain.

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