The Path to Power Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 was it called when a campaign contributor siphoned money from more than one of his businesses to make a contribution?

2. How did Lyndon get to meet FDR?

3. Which company was the principal source of funds for Lyndon's run for Congress in 1941 and violated IRS contribution rules?

4. In what manner did Lyndon serve toward superiors?

5. How did Lyndon show his appreciation to powerful officials during his work with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. For what was Sam Rayburn best know among his colleagues and constituents?

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

10. Who was the "lost generation" and how did Eleanor Roosevelt champion their cause?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lyndon Johnson was no stranger to hurt and pain. From what you know of Lyndon's life through this book, what were his biggest sorrows and worst betrayals? How did he manage through them? How did his coping skills evidence themselves in many aspects of his life? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

THE PATH TO POWER is a classic biography. What does that classification entail? Why does this book fit into this category?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the significance of the book's title. What does the author mean by calling it THE PATH TO POWER? What was he trying to emphasize with this emphatic style? Suggest three alternate titles for this book with supporting rationale for each one.

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