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 does the change in the Johnson household do to Lyndon?

2. What the people loved most about Sam Johson was __________________________.

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

4. Who was offering Lyndon the opportunity for a secure financial future?

5. What dynamic occurs in the Sam Johnson household?

Short Essay Questions

1. How old was Lyndon when he was named and what forced the issue to determine his name?

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

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

4. What were the personality characteristics of the Buntons?

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

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

7. What were two major impediments to young people getting an education in Texas?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Rebekah Johnson. What did she look like? What were her positive personality traits? What were some of her negative characteristics? What were her hopes and fears? What motivated her throughout her life?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the cultural climate in America in the 1930s and why the time was right for Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. What were the basic tenets of the New Deal? Why was Lyndon opposed to the New Deal? Why did he grudgingly support the New Deal? 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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