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. Lyndon's mother was ___________________________ in the Texas Hill Country.

2. What quality of his father's did Lyndon imitate?

3. Why had neither the Spanish nor the Mexicans tried to tame the Texas Hill Country?

4. Why did few Texans get an education?

5. What organization did the Buntons establish?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the author say were the characteristics of ranchers in the Texas Hill Country?

5. What was Lyndon's formal name and for whom was he named?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Rebekah 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 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

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?

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