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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 proposed that all the furs in the northwest could be
2. One of the pleasures the expedition encountered was
3. Drouillard was acquitted of murder because
4. Meriwether Lewis moved to Philadelphia with the intention of
5. The Spanish were concerned that because of Lewis & Clark's expedition,
Short Essay Questions
1. What were two of the worst problems for the expedition at Clatsop? Explain
2. What was Lewis' biggest failure?
3. Discuss Meriwether Lewis' response to the fact that some of his soldiers were planning to publish their own journals of the expedition.
4. What mistake did Lewis make with the Blackfoot Indians with whom he was trying to make a deal?
5. Discuss Lewis' varied capabilities that made him the perfect leader for this journey.
6. What may Lewis have been talking about when Mrs. Grinder heard him taking to himself like a lawyer?
7. Describe Lewis' desperate act in the spring of 1806.
8. Why did the Captains make the dangerous decision to divide the men into five groups?
9. What was the intention behind Lewis' last voyage?
10. Explain Lewis' maneuvering when he arrived in St. Louis, with respect to communicating about the expedition.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
Lewis and Clark's original journals are priceless, invaluable items of American history.
1) Where are they today? Have they been preserved?
2) What kind of materials were they written on and with?
3) How much of the journals are missing, if any?
4) Has anyone, besides Biddle, tried to edit and rewrite them for general consumption? Why, or why not?
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