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 a notable quirk of Lyndon's as a child?

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

3. What field had Texas not permitted in its medical association until Sam Johnson fought for it?

4. How many children did Sam Ealy Johnson and Eliza Bunton Johnson have?

5. How old was Lyndon when he was named?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. What was the nature of Lyndon's father, Sam's, political leanings?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Personal identity is an important theme in this book. Who were some of the people who had the strongest personalities? What were their personal codes? How did Lyndon measure up to these people? What was Lyndon's personal code? Or did he not have one? Explain.

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