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. It was widely understood that Lyndon had no ______________ of his own.

3. The dam built in the Hill Country of Texas was built to control flooding along what river?

4. What was the predominant crop in the Texas Hill Country?

5. Who especially hated FDR in Texas?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why was Lyndon perceived as being insincere?

3. How was Lyndon able to leverage his influence in the NYA?

4. What campaign promise was Lyndon forced to uphold?

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

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

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

8. Why was Alice Glass interested in Lyndon?

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

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

According to the author, even before Lyndon was a player on the national and international stages, he was known to be a man of questionable integrity and deceit. Cite some examples in Johnson's life that prove this statement. What is Caro's overall perception of Johnson's character?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the role of men in the early 20th century when Johnson and his colleagues were coming of age. What precedents did they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions did they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century men do not?

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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