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. Which Bunton was Lyndon's most notable ancestor?

2. Which of the following was a character attribute of the Buntons?

3. To what job was Lyndon promoted?

4. When was the organization in #25 established?

5. How old was Lyndon Johnson when the author wrote about him in the Introduction?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was John Wheeler Bunton and for what was he famous?

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

3. What was one of Sam Johnson's characteristics while working in the Texas legislature?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What were the personality characteristics of the Buntons?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the role of women in the rural Texas in the early twentieth century. What precedents did they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions did they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women do not have? What belief system about Southern women was evident in Rebekah and later on, Lady Bird? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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