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

2. Sam Johnson's political interest supported _____________.

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

4. What was Lyndon's demeanor toward those superior to him?

5. How long after the animals in #20 were brought to the Texas Hill Country did the landscape deteriorate?

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

3. What was the agenda of the People's Party?

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

5. Why had neither the Spanish nor the Mexicans developed the Texas Hill Country?

6. How old was Lyndon when he was named and what forced the issue to determine his name?

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

8. What were some of Lyndon's characteristics when he began interacting in the working world?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of struggle. Identify at least two instances about struggle in the book and then cite examples to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the overall setting and time period for Lyndon's childhood What was America like during this time period? What was the American South like during this time period? How important are the time period and setting to the attitudes and issues of Lyndon, his family and friends?

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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