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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 strange gunshot-type noise that came regularly from the northwest
(a) Has never been explained
(b) Was Sacagawea's family looking for her
(c) Was a tribe of advanced Indians
(d) Was a member of the expedition signalling them

2. Old Toby told Lewis that the party could have traveled down a low pass, which would have
(a) Been a great place to spend the winter
(b) Been the best place for hunting buffalo
(c) Brought them right to the Columbia
(d) Saved them seven weeks of travel

3. Although he is formally educated, Meriwether Lewis returns to Virginia
(a) To manage the family plantation
(b) To coordinate the education of his sister
(c) To care for his ailing mother
(d) At the behest of Thomas Jefferson

4. After the hungry men gorged themselves on dried fish and roots,
(a) They reverted to horse meat
(b) They put off traveling for another week
(c) They became violently ill
(d) Their strength was regained

5. Among his peers, Lewis is considered
(a) Honest and trustworthy
(b) A bit shady
(c) A bigot
(d) Slightly effeminate

Short Answer Questions

1. The two captains try to decide among two large river forks, which is the true

2. On some of the worst days of the expedition the men were forced to

3. When the funds were appropriate from Congress for the expedition, Jefferson undertook to

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

5. Neither Captain took Sacagawea along to meet the Indians

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. Why did it take so long for Lewis' keelboat to be built?

6. Was Sacagawea treated with the respect she was due?

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

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

9. Did Jefferson see something special in Meriwether Lewis?

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

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