The Path to Power Test | Final 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. Lyndon was always working to __________________.

2. What environmental issue did Lyndon focus on in his Congressional run?

3. On what committee did Lyndon get a position?

4. What element of Sam Rayburn's personality was well known?

5. Which company was the principal source of funds for Lyndon's run for Congress in 1941 and violated IRS contribution rules?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was the "lost generation" and how did Eleanor Roosevelt champion their cause?

2. How did the Buchanan Dam project help Lyndon gain needed publicity?

3. Why was Lyndon perceived as being insincere?

4. What was Longlea and who presided over the estate?

5. How did Lyndon get elected to Congress with only three percent of the votes?

6. What campaign promise was Lyndon forced to uphold?

7. What was the purpose for the building of the Buchanan Dam?

8. What was Lyndon's level of support of the New Deal after he got out of the military?

9. For what was Sam Rayburn best know among his colleagues and constituents?

10. Even though the New Deal helped people in the Texas Hill Country, they still had problems. Name two examples of the challenges faced by people in this time.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

THE PATH TO POWER is a classic biography. What does that classification entail? Why does this book fit into this category?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

From what you can glean from the author's descriptions, create a brief character study of Lyndon's father, Sam. 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 created the friction between him and Lyndon? How did he reconcile with him? What emotional damage was done to the relationship?

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