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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 Shoshones removed their moccasins to smoke with Lewis, indicating

2. One of the unique "new" creatures found by Clark is the

3. The strange gunshot-type noise that came regularly from the northwest

4. The most serious delay in starting the expedition was due to

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What was the primary reason for wanting to find the Shoshones at this point in the trip?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Explain Lewis' realization when he was threatened by buffalo bulls, a bear and wolverines.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How would it have influenced Meriwether Lewis if he could have seen into the future? Write an informal essay about what changed after his death, such as.

1) Jefferson did not realize that the means of transportation would become faster and more reliable than travel by horse.

2) He did not know that Jefferson would expect him to take complete responsibility for publishing his scientific journals.

3) Some of Jefferson's wild inventions would become reality.

4) The country actually would become one nation under one government.

5) The Indians would be subdued and all but wiped out by the government.

6) There would be many thousands of Americans moving west and settling.

7) Britain and France would no longer occupy parts of America.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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