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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. Thomas Jefferson appoints Meriweather Lewis as
(a) Secretary of Commerce
(b) His personal secretary
(c) Secretary of the Interior
(d) Secretary of State

2. Lewis realized that he was facing sixteen miles of portage, meaning
(a) They would have an easy ride down the rapids
(b) They would be coming into a local port soon
(c) They would be climbing miles of cliffs
(d) They would have to carry their boats overland

3. When Sacagawea recalls the place where she was kidnapped by the Hidatsas, she
(a) Shows no emotion
(b) Becomes protective of her child
(c) Becomes withdrawn
(d) Breaks down and cries

4. Lewis' attitude toward gold during this expedition was one of
(a) Indifference
(b) Futility
(c) Hope
(d) Excessive greed

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Twisted Hair was a

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

3. Lewis was under the assumption that the Shoshones would want to trade horses for

4. It is important to Lewis that the men consider

5. Lewis and Clark wanted Indian chiefs to go to Washington so they could

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Discuss the punishment meted out to the two soldiers who drank whiskey while on guard duty. Was it fair?

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

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

7. Why was it fortuitous that the group encountered the Nez Perce Indians?

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

9. How did the expedition manage to drag its boats over land?

10. What is Lewis' plan at this point for the remainder of the trip?

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