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. Lyndon's first year at his post with Congressman Klerberg was which Congress?

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

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

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

5. Who did the woman in #136 invite to Longlea as house guests to prove a point?

Short Essay Questions

1. Whose death cleared an opening for Lyndon?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

From what you can glean from the author's descriptions, create a brief character study of Lyndon's father, Sam. What did he look like? What were his positive personality traits? What were some of his negative characteristics? What were his hopes and fears? What created the friction between him and Lyndon? How did he reconcile with him? What emotional damage was done to the relationship?

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Rebekah Johnson. What did she look like? What were her positive personality traits? What were some of her negative characteristics? What were her hopes and fears? What motivated her throughout her life?

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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