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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. On their journey over the Bitterroots, Lewis and his men found
2. Lewis felt that meeting the Snake Indians could determine
3. Neither Captain took Sacagawea along to meet the Indians
4. Many outlying Mandan villages are abandoned due to
5. Lewis feels that Native Americans will become civilized citizens, but
Short Essay Questions
1. Why did it take so long for Lewis' keelboat to be built?
2. Discuss Lewis' mental meanderings on his 32nd birthday.
3. Of what, exactly, was the "great father" trying to convince the Indians, under Jefferson's instructions?
4. What is Lewis' goal in trying to make peace between the Arikaras and the Mandans? Why does he involve himself in their dispute?
5. Discuss the large keelboat and its journey back to St. Louis.
6. Is it obvious why Clark's commission stayed that of lieutenant and not captain? How did that affect the two leaders?
7. Describe the irony in Lewis' attitude toward Native Americans and African Americans.
8. What was the primary reason for wanting to find the Shoshones at this point in the trip?
9. What was ironic about the government's response to the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794?
10. Why was Jefferson so interested in exploring the West?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Lewis and Clark witness a Sioux "scalp dance" on the upper Missouri.
1) Why was the scalp dance being performed at this time? What did it mean?
2) Did the Sioux find some kind of spiritual triumph in capturing prisoners of other tribes? What was the Sioux's philosophy regarding other tribes? Was their priority their land, hunting grounds, horses, or just power? How could another tribe offend them enough to get scalped?
3) How many bands, or different groups of Sioux were in the country at that time?
Essay Topic 2
Stephen Ambrose's footnotes could comprise a story by themselves. Write a descriptive essay, addressing one or two of the interesting facts he has noted, as well as the supportive information for them, which is not included in the actual text of the book.
1) Page 234 describes the brand Lewis applied to the expedition's horses that was found many years later. Try to find an image of it and write a short essay about this part of the journey, and how the horses were retrieved.
2. The soldier, Newman, who was court martialed and sent back to St. Louis is mentioned on page 209. Find additional information about Newman and what he did after returning to St. Louis.
3. On page 320, there is added information about Lewis' mercury cure for syphilis. Research and write about this "cure," how and when it was discovered, and its true effects on the disease.
Essay Topic 3
Write an narrative essay about food and the Lewis and Clark expedition, and also speculate on the following:
1) What was principal diet of the expedition members, and why?
2) Why did they tend toward eating some foods and not others, besides the availability factors?
3) Why did they rely on purchased dried fish from the Indians, rather than catching their own fresh fish?
4) Can you think of any other foods they might have taken advantage of during sparse periods?
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