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 challenge did Lyndon have when trying to attain the Congressional seat?

2. To Lyndon, knowing important people meant those having money or _______________ or both.

3. What did FDR refuse to do with the items that Lyndon sent?

4. Lyndon made progress by befriending people with offices in the White House and _________________.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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.

9. What campaign promise was Lyndon forced to uphold?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of women in the rural Texas in the early twentieth century. What precedents did they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions did they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women do not have? What belief system about Southern women was evident in Rebekah and later on, Lady Bird? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the overall setting and time period for Lyndon's childhood What was America like during this time period? What was the American South like during this time period? How important are the time period and setting to the attitudes and issues of Lyndon, his family and friends?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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