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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. Lewis' underlying goal at this point is for America to
2. At The Dalles, the expedition paid dearly for four horses with
3. The mens' arrival at the Mandans Village was
4. Lewis left his estate to
5. One of the pleasures the expedition encountered was
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain Lewis' maneuvering when he arrived in St. Louis, with respect to communicating about the expedition.
2. What were some of the changes the expedition experienced as they came nearer to the coast?
3. What was Lewis' biggest failure?
4. Describe Lewis' grand scheme for American fur trading.
5. Why was General Clark upset with his loyal slave, York?
6. In what area does the author feel Lewis' greatest talents had lain?
7. What mistake did Lewis make with the Blackfoot Indians with whom he was trying to make a deal?
8. As governor of the Louisiana Territory, Lewis was in over his head. How did Lewis fail in his job as governor?
9. Describe Lewis' desperate act in the spring of 1806.
10. Can we ascribe any meaning to soldiers giving Captain Clark presents for Christmas, and no mention of presents for Lewis?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Research and write an expository essay on the rumor/legend/fact that Thomas Jefferson had an affair and a child with his black slave.
1) What is known about this rumor now? Was it true?
2) Have the relatives of this relationship surfaced, and, if so, how much credibility can we give to their stories?
3) Jefferson was never married. Can it be determined whether he was in love with this female slave?
4) Jefferson was known as something of a womanizer. If there is little factual information to support the affair, is it likely to have been true, given Jefferson's lifestyle?
Essay Topic 2
Meriwether Lewis' father died when he was young and his mother remarried, changing her name to Marks.
1) Is there a genealogy of Lewis' family? Is there an organized group of "family" genealogists related to him?
2) Lewis is said to have come from royal ancestry in Europe. Research this and determine whether it is factual, and provide additional information.
3) Try to locate some information on Meriwether Lewis' father. Did he suffer from mental illness? Write an essay on his life.
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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