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 was prohibitive to many about getting an education?

2. What was the context of the laws in #69?

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

4. What was Lyndon's father's name?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What quirky behavior did little Lyndon exhibit during this challenging time for his parents?

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

5. Why was Lyndon made principal of the school where he taught?

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

7. 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?

8. What happened after the Bunton Johnsons brought cattle to the Texas Hill Country?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Create a brief character study of Lyndon Johnson. 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 motivated him throughout his life?

Essay Topic 3

Thomas Paine wrote that "These are the times that try men's souls." Despite being written during the times of the Revolutionary War, the statement still held true for those enduring the Great Depression. Explain how the times tried the souls of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson and others in the government. How did the times try the souls of American citizens? Explain.

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