The Path to Power Test | Mid-Book 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 were the hills made of in the area in #10?

2. When was the organization in #25 established?

3. Who was one of Sam and Eliza's children?

4. What was a prominent nationality of a school in Texas?

5. What is one notable thing about the person in #13?

Short Essay Questions

1. Sam Johnson was able to stand his ground on a position and one case in particular was to his credit. What was the nature of the case of optometrists in Texas?

2. In addition to the People's Party, what other two political groups were eventually absorbed into the Democratic Party?

3. What was the ethnic issue in education in Texas?

4. What was one of Sam Johnson's greatest qualities and what was his greatest legislative success?

5. What was the nature of Lyndon's father, Sam's, political leanings?

6. What were two major impediments to young people getting an education in Texas?

7. In the Introduction, what does the author say about Lyndon Johnson's professional relationship with a man who could change his financial future?

8. What professions did Lyndon's father, Sam, have over the years?

9. What is the significance of the title of Chapter 9--The Rich Man's Daughter?

10. What was one of Sam Johnson's characteristics while working in the Texas legislature?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What impact did Lyndon's estranged relationship with his father have on Lyndon's life? What emotional wounds did Lyndon suffer? How did the strained relationship with his father affect Lyndon's relationships with other people? State your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the impact that Lyndon's childhood had on him as an adult. What did it mean to be the son of a legislator-turned-farmer in the early 20th century in Texas? What stigmas did Lyndon live with for his entire life? How did Lyndon leverage his ancestry to carve out a political career for himself?

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