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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. Neither Captain took Sacagawea along to meet the Indians

2. In addition to the enlisted men, the group included York, who was

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

4. The Arikaras' island is covered with

5. Of the 5.5 million people in America during Jefferson's time,

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Jefferson appoint Lewis as his personal secretary?

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

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

4. What caused the expedition's "portage" period to be longer than expected?

5. Discuss the large keelboat and its journey back to St. Louis.

6. 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?

7. Why was Lewis angry with Drouillard and Shields after seeing a young Indian?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sacagawea was only one of Charbonneau's wives. Research and write an exploratory essay on Charbonneau:

1) Did the Charbonneau family continue to thrive in the region of the Mandan camps?

2) Are there still Charbonneau's living there now?

3) Was it a custom within the Shoshones to have two wives, or did Charbonneau think this up on his own?

Essay Topic 2

Research and write an exploratory essay on the Nez Perce Indians

1) The Nez Perce were favored by Lewis and Clark as being kind, generous and trustworthy.

2) Did the Nez Perce have any earlier history with, or prior reasons to trust the white men?

3) What was the ultimate disposition of their tribe? How did the US government deal with them? Is there a reservation? Is the tribe still in existence?

4) Research and describe the customs and traditions in the Nez Perce culture.

Essay Topic 3

Lewis and Clark signed a detachment order in 1804 that ordered the sergeants of the group to keep their own daily journals. We know that at least two of the soldiers attempted to publish their own journals, but what became of them, and any others that were written?

Write a research essay and determine whether the lesser officers' journals were preserved and whether they were studied by historians later. If so, what are the highlights? Did they disagree with Lewis & Clark's determination regarding the Missouri vs. Marias Rivers? These would be fascinating to compare and contrast to the Captains' journals. If no information is available on them, outline where and how you researched them, and speculate as to what happened to them.

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