Washington: A Life Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book 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. In 1754, Washington led his troops into which region to fight the French?

2. Why would Washington feel inadequate around people all his life?

3. Which office did Washington run for and win?

4. How many children did Washington and Martha have of their own?

5. Who was the artist who painted Washington's portrait that appears on American currency?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Washington so disgruntled with some of the people he and his soldiers were fighting for?

2. Why did some people not support Washington's attempts to defend them and secure independence for them?

3. What did Washington do to improve his finances when he was struggling with his financial situation?

4. How did Washington's actions regarding his slaves not belie his true feelings?

5. Why was Washington so humble when accepting the role as leader of the Continental Army?

6. What was Washington's pattern of wins and defeats in the early stages of the war?

7. Although they remained friends after the war, what point did Washington and Lafayette disagree on?

8. What were some of the hardships Washington's men suffered at Valley Forge in the Winter of 1777?

9. What was the irony of Washington's financial status at the time he was to be inaugurated?

10. What was the mixed blessing of Washington's marriage to Martha regarding finances?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Ambition takes on an almost human persona in this book. What was the source of Washington's ambitions? Was he consumed with winning and getting ahead? What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Martha Washington. What did she look like? What were her positive personality traits? What were some of her negative characteristics? What were her hopes and fears? What motivated her throughout her life?

Essay Topic 3

George Washington was no stranger to hurt and pain. From what you know of Washington's life through this book, what were his biggest sorrows and worst betrayals? How did he manage through them? How did his coping skills evidence themselves in many aspects of his life? Explain.

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