The Path to Power Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robert Caro
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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 the name of the political group that emerged in the Texas Hill Country?

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

3. What lessons did Lyndon's mother teach to other people?

4. What was one of Sam Johnson's greatest assets?

5. Which group was the organization in #25 established to help?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were some of the challenges of the farmers in the Texas Hill Country?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

According to the author, even before Lyndon was a player on the national and international stages, he was known to be a man of questionable integrity and deceit. Cite some examples in Johnson's life that prove this statement. What is Caro's overall perception of Johnson's character?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the cultural climate in America in the 1930s and why the time was right for Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. What were the basic tenets of the New Deal? Why was Lyndon opposed to the New Deal? Why did he grudgingly support the New Deal? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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