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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. Speculation about the eight-month period include the possibility that
2. Lewis recommended compensation to all of the members of his party, with the exception of
3. St. Louis in 1808 was
4. Although Lewis had become more productive in St. Louis,
5. Lewis felt deeply betrayed by the government's
Short Essay Questions
1. Why was General Clark upset with his loyal slave, York?
2. What may Lewis have been talking about when Mrs. Grinder heard him taking to himself like a lawyer?
3. Describe Lewis' grand scheme for American fur trading.
4. 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?
5. What was Lewis' biggest failure?
6. What were two of the worst problems for the expedition at Clatsop? Explain
7. How do you think Lewis viewed his responsibility toward the governorship of the Louisiana Territory?
8. Lewis experiences pain that far exceeds any he has been through on the trip thus far. Describe the incident.
9. In what area does the author feel Lewis' greatest talents had lain?
10. Why was Lewis desperate to get some Indians to Washington?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Research and write an exploratory essay on the Nez Perce Indians
1) The Nez Perce were favored by Lewis and Clark as being kind, generous and trustworthy.
2) Did the Nez Perce have any earlier history with, or prior reasons to trust the white men?
3) What was the ultimate disposition of their tribe? How did the US government deal with them? Is there a reservation? Is the tribe still in existence?
4) Research and describe the customs and traditions in the Nez Perce culture.
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 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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