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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. Winter at Fort Mandan was

2. Prior to the beginning of the journey, Jefferson issues to Lewis

3. Neither Captain took Sacagawea along to meet the Indians

4. Lewis spoke to the Shoshone chief through

5. Although he is formally educated, Meriwether Lewis returns to Virginia

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain Lewis' maneuvering when he arrived in St. Louis, with respect to communicating about the expedition.

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

3. Discuss Meriwether Lewis' response to the fact that some of his soldiers were planning to publish their own journals of the expedition.

4. What is it that begins to finally destroy Lewis financially?

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

6. What were two of the worst problems for the expedition at Clatsop? Explain

7. 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?

8. In what way was Lewis being overly confident when crossing the Lolo trail?

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

10. Why was Lewis desperate to get some Indians to Washington?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Lewis and Clark were more famous after their deaths than during their lives. What can we learn about them this many years later?

1) Research and construct a report about all of the monuments, parks, schools and other landmarks that bear Lewis and/or Clark's names. Explain, for each, their significance.

2) In the alternative, research and report on how many of the rivers and landmarks that Lewis & Clark named still have those names. Many were changed in the years after the expedition, but some may have remained.

3) What educational insititution(s) specialize in the history of Lewis and Clark? Describe their research program and anything notable about the school.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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