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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. Lewis was under the assumption that the Shoshones would want to trade horses for

3. Lewis planned ahead for meetings with Native Americans by bringing

4. On their journey over the Bitterroots, Lewis and his men found

5. In the Spring at Fort Mandan, Lewis felt that the expedition was really

Short Essay Questions

1. It seems that Lewis has had a major lapse in judgment in many respects and his behavior has become erratic. What major political mistake did he make when arranging to send Big White back to the Mandans?

2. Why was General Clark upset with his loyal slave, York?

3. How do you think Lewis viewed his responsibility toward the governorship of the Louisiana Territory?

4. Why was progress down the Ohio River so abominably slow?

5. Discuss Lewis' varied capabilities that made him the perfect leader for this journey.

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

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

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

9. Discuss Lewis' mental meanderings on his 32nd birthday.

10. Describe Lewis' grand scheme for American fur trading.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Sacagawea's notoriety as one of the the expedition members only came about through history after she was gone. Write a narrative to examine the following:

1)What were her major contributions to the expedition?

2) Was she afforded special treatment?

3) Were her interpreter's skills used wisely? When? Could they have been better used?

4) Was the presence of her child a distraction to the expedition? Did it not create extra work in the portage process?

5) Was the identify of Cameahwait as Sacagawea's brother surprising? Why did she not leave, or stay, with him?

Essay Topic 3

Write a critical essay about Thomas Jefferson and his wild ideas of a water route to the Pacific.

1) What were Jefferson's motives? Were they mercenary? Why did he want to be the one to find the passage?

2) Do you feel Jefferson sacrificed Lewis, knowing that the odds were against his returning safely?

3) Did Jefferson desert Lewis in his time of need? Did he fight for him after he left office when his vouchers were in question?

4) Why did Jefferson lay the burden of publishing the data on Lewis personally, and later on Clark?

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