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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. The men in the expedition were bound by the knowledge
(a) They might not survive
(b) They were making history
(c) They were dependent on Lewis
(d) They needed to return safely

2. As Lewis and his small scouting party ascended the north river bank, they were plagued by
(a) Falling rocks
(b) Grizzlies
(c) Snakes
(d) Prickly pears

3. Clark's attitude toward hostile Indian tribes was
(a) To alarm the Indians into submission
(b) To intimidate the tribes with their new model guns
(c) To always take them by surprise
(d) To do everything possible to avoid a fight

4. Proceeding downstream on wet clay, the party found the ground to be extremely
(a) Soft
(b) Sticky
(c) Smelly
(d) Slippery

5. The Shoshones were intimidated by other tribes because they
(a) Had no guns
(b) Were too weak with hunger to fight
(c) Had been ravaged by the Blackfeet
(d) Lived in an area of sparse game

Short Answer Questions

1. Meriwether Lewis and Thomas Jefferson's families have this in common.

2. Merriwether Lewis and Captain William Clark are

3. Lewis travels extensively through the western frontiers in his position as

4. The strange gunshot-type noise that came regularly from the northwest

5. Lewis and Clark's meeting with Daniel Boone is a matter of

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the irony in Lewis' attitude toward Native Americans and African Americans.

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

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

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

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

6. What may have convinced Lewis and Clark that they needed to double their crew?

7. What is Lewis' goal in trying to make peace between the Arikaras and the Mandans? Why does he involve himself in their dispute?

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

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

10. Why was progress down the Ohio River so abominably slow?

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