Essay Topic 1
Explain the political situation in the United States when the Reeds decided to go to California. Where did the United States officially end and who had control of California?
Essay Topic 2
What did the travelers have to do to prepare for their journey, and how long did it take them?
Essay Topic 3
How did the journey to Independence, Missouri go, and what held them up? How did they feel about reaching the city?
Essay Topic 4
Why was Virginia so concerned about Indians? Were her worries valid? What was the Donner Party's experience with Indians the first time they came across them?
Essay Topic 5
Was Lansford Warren Hastings qualified to write his book? Why or why not? What did the man do for a living and what was he like?
Essay Topic 6
How were the members of the Donner Party betrayed by people along the way? Cite...
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