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. Publication of Lewis' journals would prove to be

2. By the time Lewis reaches Grinder's Inn, he seems

3. Lewis wrongly let the Blackfoot warriors know that

4. On his journey to Washington, Lewis wrote to Madison and expressed that he was

5. The men could tell they were nearing a trading post because they saw

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the difference between the more northern Walla Walla Indians and the coastal Chinookian tribes, as Lewis perceived it.

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

3. How did Sacagawea lose her blue beads?

4. What mistake did Lewis make with the Blackfoot Indians with whom he was trying to make a deal?

5. Does it seem odd that the Captains and their soldiers had no idea of how they would be rewarded by the government prior to their return from the expedition?

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

7. What was Lewis' biggest failure?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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