Undaunted Courage Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 Americans astonished the Indians by

2. Lewis proposed that all the furs in the northwest could be

3. The Captains try to arrange an agreement for the Nez Perce to

4. The Spanish were concerned that because of Lewis & Clark's expedition,

5. Lewis left his estate to

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why did the Captains make the dangerous decision to divide the men into five groups?

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

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

6. The author speculates, in addition to other possibilities, that Lewis had a combination of malaria, manic-depression psychosis, alcoholism or some other physical ailments. Discuss what may have sent Lewis into depression at this point in his life.

7. Lewis experiences pain that far exceeds any he has been through on the trip thus far. Describe the incident.

8. Describe the relationship between the Corps of Discovery and the Nez Perce.

9. In what area does the author feel Lewis' greatest talents had lain?

10. How did Sacagawea lose her blue beads?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 was a Republican; Clark married into a Federalist family. In an essay, explain the differences between the two parties. Compare and contrast:

1) The parties' basic philosophies

2) Their political platforms and future goals

3) How much volatility existed between them

4) Can the parties be compared to our currently existing two parties? How?

4) Name some famous Republicans and Federalists, besides those in the book

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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