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 color eyes did the Buntons have?

2. Sam Johnson's political interest supported _____________.

3. How many of Sam and Eliza's children were boys?

4. Why did few Texans get an education?

5. What was one of the reasons Lyndon was promoted to the position in #92?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What were the personality characteristics of the Buntons?

4. 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?

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

6. What are the physical characteristics of the Bunton side of Lyndon's ancestry?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What impact did Lyndon's estranged relationship with his father have on Lyndon's life? What emotional wounds did Lyndon suffer? How did the strained relationship with his father affect Lyndon's relationships with other people? State your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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