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 had an incredible ability to charm ___________________.

2. Who was Lyndon's wife?

3. What demeanor did Lyndon continue to exhibit to those under him?

4. People came to realize that Sam Rayburn was _________________.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Whose death cleared an opening for Lyndon?

3. What undertaking did Lyndon initiate to show appreciation while serving on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee?

4. Who were Cactus Jack and Sam Rayburn and why could Lyndon make them bristle?

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

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

7. What was the Little Congress and how did Lyndon revive it?

8. Why was handling the mail such an important task for Lyndon while serving as Klerberg's secretary?

9. Why was Lyndon perceived as being insincere?

10. How did Lyndon court important people to help him politically?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Ambition takes on an almost human persona in this book. What was the source of Lyndon's ambitions? Was he consumed with winning and getting ahead? What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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