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. Whose death left an open Congressional seat desired by Lyndon?

2. Who was an important figure in the building of the dam?

3. What was the age range of those in the "lost generation"?

4. People came to realize that Sam Rayburn was _________________.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why was Alice Glass interested in Lyndon?

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

6. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topic 2

Explain the impact that Lyndon's childhood had on him as an adult. What did it mean to be the son of a legislator-turned-farmer in the early 20th century in Texas? What stigmas did Lyndon live with for his entire life? How did Lyndon leverage his ancestry to carve out a political career for himself?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the cultural climate in America in the 1930s and why the time was right for Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. What were the basic tenets of the New Deal? Why was Lyndon opposed to the New Deal? Why did he grudgingly support the New Deal? Explain.

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