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 happened when the Texas Hill Country was destroyed?

2. Sam and Lyndon had both wanted to marry which girl in town?

3. During the time of his family's upheaval, Lyndon transformed into ___________________.

4. How many of Sam and Eliza's children were boys?

5. What was Lyndon known for being at his college?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What unusual habit did the young Lyndon have and how did it involve farm hands and others associated with the family?

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

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

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

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

7. What noticeable trait of Sam's did little Lyndon pick up during the time of the family's setback?

8. What major obstacle did Lyndon face in Cotulla and what was his greatest achievement?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Ambition takes on an almost human persona in this book. What was the source of Lyndon's ambitions? Was he consumed with winning and getting ahead? What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of men in the early 20th century when Johnson and his colleagues were coming of age. What precedents did they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions did they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century men do not?

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