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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. Jefferson felt that the Indians would give over their land in exchange for
2. Meriwether Lewis may have misused public funds by
3. At 33-years-old, Lewis had become
4. During Clark's journey to Yellowstone,
5. Although Lewis had become more productive in St. Louis,
Short Essay Questions
1. Can we ascribe any meaning to soldiers giving Captain Clark presents for Christmas, and no mention of presents for Lewis?
2. What were some of the changes the expedition experienced as they came nearer to the coast?
3. What was the intention behind Lewis' last voyage?
4. What was Lewis' biggest failure?
5. Discuss Meriwether Lewis' response to the fact that some of his soldiers were planning to publish their own journals of the expedition.
6. What may Lewis have been talking about when Mrs. Grinder heard him taking to himself like a lawyer?
7. Discuss Lewis' varied capabilities that made him the perfect leader for this journey.
8. Lewis experiences pain that far exceeds any he has been through on the trip thus far. Describe the incident.
9. Describe Lewis' desperate act in the spring of 1806.
10. Why was General Clark upset with his loyal slave, York?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Sacagawea was only one of Charbonneau's wives. Research and write an exploratory essay on Charbonneau:
1) Did the Charbonneau family continue to thrive in the region of the Mandan camps?
2) Are there still Charbonneau's living there now?
3) Was it a custom within the Shoshones to have two wives, or did Charbonneau think this up on his own?
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
Lewis and Clark signed a detachment order in 1804 that ordered the sergeants of the group to keep their own daily journals. We know that at least two of the soldiers attempted to publish their own journals, but what became of them, and any others that were written?
Write a research essay and determine whether the lesser officers' journals were preserved and whether they were studied by historians later. If so, what are the highlights? Did they disagree with Lewis & Clark's determination regarding the Missouri vs. Marias Rivers? These would be fascinating to compare and contrast to the Captains' journals. If no information is available on them, outline where and how you researched them, and speculate as to what happened to them.
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