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. Lyndon's interest in the area in #55 was attributed to ______________.

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

3. At what type of job did Lyndon earn a good living?

4. How was the complexion of the Buntons described?

5. Who was one of Sam and Eliza's children?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. What were some of the challenges of the farmers in the Texas Hill Country?

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

7. What were some of Lyndon's characteristics when he began interacting in the working world?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Sam Johnson. 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 motivated him throughout his life?

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

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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