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. What percentage of his district voted for Lyndon in the Congressional election?

2. What was Lyndon's first main task while working for Congressman Klerberg?

3. Who did the people think should replace the person in #121?

4. By 1940 it had been observed that whoever _____________________ usually wins the election.

5. For how many years had the person in #169 held the Senate seat?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why was Alice Glass interested in Lyndon?

3. What campaign promise was Lyndon forced to uphold?

4. What particular ability did Lyndon have when it came to charming people?

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

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

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

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

9. How did FDR help to save Lyndon's political career regarding some inappropriate campaign funds issues?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of struggle. Identify at least two instances about struggle in the book and then cite examples to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Create a brief character study of Sam Johnson. 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 motivated him throughout his life?

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