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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. When he reached Louisville, Kentucky, Lewis

3. As Lewis and his small scouting party ascended the north river bank, they were plagued by

4. Meriwether Lewis, on the journey down the Ohio, contracts

5. Many outlying Mandan villages are abandoned due to

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Lewis' plan at this point for the remainder of the trip?

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

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

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

6. Why was it fortuitous that the group encountered the Nez Perce Indians?

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

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

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

10. What is Lewis' goal in trying to make peace between the Arikaras and the Mandans? Why does he involve himself in their dispute?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 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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