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. How was the complexion of the Buntons described?

2. What did Lyndon's mother shy away from?

3. What was Lyndon's demeanor toward those superior to him?

4. What element was a great moneymaker for Texas in the first part of the 20th century?

5. How long after the animals in #20 were brought to the Texas Hill Country did the landscape deteriorate?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What was Lyndon's formal name and for whom was he named?

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

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 significance of the book's title. What does the author mean by calling it THE PATH TO POWER? What was he trying to emphasize with this emphatic style? Suggest three alternate titles for this book with supporting rationale for each one.

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