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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. Lewis tells Jefferson that the Snake Indians have large quantities of
2. Why did expectations soar during this phase of the trip?
3. In addition to his detailed descriptions of the plains, Lewis' reports resembled a
4. Winter at Fort Mandan was
5. Among his peers, Lewis is considered
Short Essay Questions
1. What in Lewis' childhood may have contributed to his later accomplishments?
2. Was Sacagawea treated with the respect she was due?
3. Why did it take so long for Lewis' keelboat to be built?
4. Given that he was an educated man, how can we account for Lewis' lack of spelling ability?
5. Explain Lewis' realization when he was threatened by buffalo bulls, a bear and wolverines.
6. How did the expedition manage to drag its boats over land?
7. Why was Lewis angry with Drouillard and Shields after seeing a young Indian?
8. Discuss the large keelboat and its journey back to St. Louis.
9. Describe the irony in Lewis' attitude toward Native Americans and African Americans.
10. What caused the expedition's "portage" period to be longer than expected?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write a research essay about the history of syphilis in the US:
1) What are the symptoms and effects of the disease, and the prognosis in the 1800s?
2) Was there the same level of epidemic of syphilis in Europe?
3) How was it treated in Europe?
4) What was finally discovered that got syphilis under control?
5) What famous people died during that century from syphilis?
Essay Topic 2
Lewis and Clark were more famous after their deaths than during their lives. What can we learn about them this many years later?
1) Research and construct a report about all of the monuments, parks, schools and other landmarks that bear Lewis and/or Clark's names. Explain, for each, their significance.
2) In the alternative, research and report on how many of the rivers and landmarks that Lewis & Clark named still have those names. Many were changed in the years after the expedition, but some may have remained.
3) What educational insititution(s) specialize in the history of Lewis and Clark? Describe their research program and anything notable about the school.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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