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. Which of the following was a character attribute of the Buntons?

2. What happened when the Texas Hill Country was destroyed?

3. What was the name of the political group in the South which did not follow the white-supremacist political route?

4. Where did Lyndon get his middle name--Baines?

5. Profits dropped so low for the group in #27 that they could not afford to buy _____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Where did John Wheeler Bunton settle and how did he and his wife struggle to keep their land?

7. What were the personality characteristics of the Buntons?

8. What was the significance of the town of Cotulla in Lyndon's life?

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

10. What was Sam Johnson's position on taxing the sulphur mines?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the significance of the book's title. What does the author mean by calling it THE PATH TO POWER? What was he trying to emphasize with this emphatic style? Suggest three alternate titles for this book with supporting rationale for each one.

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