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 element of Sam Rayburn's personality was well known?

2. What demeanor did Lyndon continue to exhibit to those under him?

3. From which region of Texas did Lyndon garner the most support?

4. Who was Lyndon's wife?

5. What district in Texas did Lyndon represent?

Short Essay Questions

1. What campaign promise was Lyndon forced to uphold?

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

3. Why was Alice Glass interested in Lyndon?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How did the Buchanan Dam project help Lyndon gain needed publicity?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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