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's work on the dam with ________________ solidified a political partnership.

2. Who was the U.S. President famous for Fireside Chats?

3. What utility is the topic in Chapter 27, "The Sad Irons"?

4. Who was Lyndon's wife?

5. What was the first name of the dam in #117?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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.

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

5. Why was Alice Glass interested in Lyndon?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Personal identity is an important theme in this book. Who were some of the people who had the strongest personalities? What were their personal codes? How did Lyndon measure up to these people? What was Lyndon's personal code? Or did he not have one? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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