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. Who was Franklin Roosevelt's wife?

3. How did Lyndon's physical appearance change in the years between 1937 and 1941?

4. With what woman did Lyndon become infatuated during this period?

5. With what project did Lyndon align himself to gain some publicity?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Lyndon make further career inroads by establishing friendships with people in Washington?

2. Who was Charles Marsh and what was Lyndon's professional relationship with him?

3. Why was Lyndon perceived as being insincere?

4. Although Lyndon wrote letters in the DCCC trying to show humility, what was the underlying purpose of the missives?

5. How did Lyndon leverage his position as Congressman Klerberg's secretary?

6. 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.

7. What problem did Lyndon face when he wanted to assume the Senate seat of the deceased Texas Senarot, Morris Sheppard?

8. What was Lyndon's position on FDR's New Deal?

9. What was meant by a "finagle" related to campaign fundraising?

10. What were some of Sam Rayburn's physical and personality traits?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Personal identity is an important theme in this book. Who were some of the people who had the strongest personalities? What were their personal codes? How did Lyndon measure up to these people? What was Lyndon's personal code? Or did he not have one? Explain.

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 Lyndon Johnson during the time period covered in THE PATH TO POWER. What were his ultimate plans for his life? What was his personality? What behaviors were instilled in him that would make him a success in his later life?

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