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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. The most serious delay in starting the expedition was due to
2. Mriwether Lewis gathered his specimens by
3. During Jefferson's time, Americans were obsessed with the concept of
4. Lewis learns from Cameahwait that the Nez Perce Indians
5. France, having transferred the Louisiana Territory to the US, allows the expedition to
Short Essay Questions
1. Why were the Captains' gifts considered insufficient by the Teton Sioux Indians?
2. What was ironic about the government's response to the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794?
3. Discuss the perception of the speed of travel in Jefferson's time in 1801.
4. Given that he was an educated man, how can we account for Lewis' lack of spelling ability?
5. Describe the irony in Lewis' attitude toward Native Americans and African Americans.
6. Discuss Lewis' mental meanderings on his 32nd birthday.
7. Why did it take so long for Lewis' keelboat to be built?
8. Why was Lewis angry with Drouillard and Shields after seeing a young Indian?
9. What in Lewis' childhood may have contributed to his later accomplishments?
10. What is Lewis' goal in trying to make peace between the Arikaras and the Mandans? Why does he involve himself in their dispute?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were very close friends, but had very different personalities and backgrounds. Compare and contrast:
1) How differently did the two men grow up?
2) What did they have in common?
3) How did their leadership habits mesh or clash?
4) Were they a good team?
Essay Topic 2
How would it have influenced Meriwether Lewis if he could have seen into the future? Write an informal essay about what changed after his death, such as.
1) Jefferson did not realize that the means of transportation would become faster and more reliable than travel by horse.
2) He did not know that Jefferson would expect him to take complete responsibility for publishing his scientific journals.
3) Some of Jefferson's wild inventions would become reality.
4) The country actually would become one nation under one government.
5) The Indians would be subdued and all but wiped out by the government.
6) There would be many thousands of Americans moving west and settling.
7) Britain and France would no longer occupy parts of America.
Essay Topic 3
John Coulter left the expedition to go on to explore the Yellowstone area, with Lewis' blessings.
1) What can we learn about John Coulter? Is he famous in the annals of American history for his work?
2) Did Coulter have any productive interactions with Indians in the Yellowstone country?
3) Did Coulter keep journals, and was he also a "naturalist" like Lewis?
4) Is there any recorded history of why he made such a decision?
5) What did Coulter accomplish and when/where did he die?
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