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. From whom did Lyndon get his first name?

3. What does the change in the Johnson household do to Lyndon?

4. Where did Lyndon live while working in the town in #88?

5. What happened when the Texas Hill Country was destroyed?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the impact that Lyndon's childhood had on him as an adult. What did it mean to be the son of a legislator-turned-farmer in the early 20th century in Texas? What stigmas did Lyndon live with for his entire life? How did Lyndon leverage his ancestry to carve out a political career for himself?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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