Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West Topics for Discussion

This Study Guide consists of approximately 28 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Beyond the Hundredth Meridian.
This section contains 231 words
(approx. 1 page at 400 words per page)
Buy the Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West Study Guide

The recorded history of Powell's expedition down the Colorado and into the Grand Canyon was based upon the journals of the participants. How important are present day journals, and how do you think they will be used by future historians?

What do you think of Stegner's decision to make this novel a story of Powell's career rather than create a traditional biography?

Discuss Powell's direction to his assistants to find solutions that would do the greater good for the greater number of people.

Imagine yourself as a member of Powell's first expedition, facing unknown dangers, long periods of time away from your loved ones, and considerable deprivation of basic needs. What would you take with you to assist your survival?

How important was it to Powell's efforts that the paintings of Moran were scientifically accurate rather than aesthetically pleasing?

Stegner referred to Powell's education...

(read more)

This section contains 231 words
(approx. 1 page at 400 words per page)
Buy the Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West from BookRags. (c)2016 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.