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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. France, having transferred the Louisiana Territory to the US, allows the expedition to
(a) Purchase guns from the French
(b) Freely trap for fur along the way
(c) Include foreigners in the group of explorers
(d) Travel through American territory wihout hostility

2. When he reached Louisville, Kentucky, Lewis
(a) Decides to delay the expedition
(b) Meets up with his partner, William Clark
(c) Registers Indians into his crew
(d) Almost gives up the journey

3. When the funds were appropriate from Congress for the expedition, Jefferson undertook to
(a) Gather wagons and guns for Lewis
(b) Have Lewis fully educated by experts in many fields
(c) Show Lewis how to calculate latitude and longitude
(d) Have Lewis come to live with him in the presidential house

4. Why did expectations soar during this phase of the trip?
(a) The fur trade busienss was booming
(b) The plains were full of timber
(c) Trade with Indians seemed promising
(d) Lewis thought there was a water link to the Columbia River

5. Lewis and Clark secretly planned to send three men back to St. Louis to deliver
(a) Reports
(b) Artifacts
(c) Indian trinkets
(d) Credit slips

Short Answer Questions

1. Proceeding downstream on wet clay, the party found the ground to be extremely

2. Wild game animals were not afraid of the men, perhaps because

3. On their journey back to camp, Windsor and Lewis both

4. Captain Clark's commission named him only as a

5. Even as a private, Lewis is accepted among military officers because

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to Lewis' beloved iron-frame boat?

2. Discuss the perception of the speed of travel in Jefferson's time in 1801.

3. Is it obvious why Clark's commission stayed that of lieutenant and not captain? How did that affect the two leaders?

4. Why was Jefferson so interested in exploring the West?

5. Of what, exactly, was the "great father" trying to convince the Indians, under Jefferson's instructions?

6. Why is Sacagawea's presence valuable to the expedition?

7. What caused the expedition's "portage" period to be longer than expected?

8. What was the primary reason for wanting to find the Shoshones at this point in the trip?

9. Why did the Shoshones hesitate to go with Lewis to meet Clark and help the expedition over the Lemhi River?

10. The trip through the Bitterroot Mountains is a particularly gruesome time or the expedition. Starvation, rough terrain, cold and illness forces the men to take desperate measures. What were they and why didn't the expedition turn back?

(see the answer keys)

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