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

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

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

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

5. What was the tone of the letters Lyndon wrote during his time on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why was Lyndon perceived as being insincere?

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

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

5. Whose death cleared an opening for Lyndon?

6. What campaign promise was Lyndon forced to uphold?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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