Undaunted Courage Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 men who served on Lewis & Clark's crew were punished for their violations by

2. The Captains inadvertently caused trouble by giving the three Indian chiefs

3. Why did expectations soar during this phase of the trip?

4. The voyage down the Ohio River starts out slowly because of the party's

5. At Clark's River, or Bitterroot River, the expedition met with

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happened to Lewis' beloved iron-frame boat?

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

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

5. What in Lewis' childhood may have contributed to his later accomplishments?

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

7. Given that he was an educated man, how can we account for Lewis' lack of spelling ability?

8. Why were the Captains' gifts considered insufficient by the Teton Sioux Indians?

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

10. What was ironic about the government's response to the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an exploratory essay about the esteemed American Philosophical Society, and try to answer the following questions:

1) Who established it, and when

2) Its purpose

3) Who belonged to it of note

4) What it accomplished or contributed

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Research and write an expository essay on the rumor/legend/fact that Thomas Jefferson had an affair and a child with his black slave.

1) What is known about this rumor now? Was it true?

2) Have the relatives of this relationship surfaced, and, if so, how much credibility can we give to their stories?

3) Jefferson was never married. Can it be determined whether he was in love with this female slave?

4) Jefferson was known as something of a womanizer. If there is little factual information to support the affair, is it likely to have been true, given Jefferson's lifestyle?

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