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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who amongst the Okies suffered the most according to the author?
(a) The women.
(b) The children.
(c) The men.
(d) The elderly.

2. What man gave hope to the suffering Okie children in the end of Chapter Four?
(a) Andrew McCarthy.
(b) Leo Hart.
(c) Harry Truman.
(d) Ronald Reagan.

3. The migrant workers were increasing the state and county costs for what during the Dust Bowl period in California?
(a) City officials.
(b) Medical care and education.
(c) Jobs.
(d) Police and fire attendants.

4. Many of the squatters in Okie communities lived in shacks made of what?
(a) Clay.
(b) Cardboard.
(c) Chicken sheds.
(d) Tires.

5. Where did Rosalene Long's family get caught in a flood as they headed west?
(a) Santa Fe, New Mexico.
(b) Gallup, New Mexico.
(c) Los Angeles, California.
(d) Phoenix, Arizona.

Short Answer Questions

1. By 1940, how many people had moved out of the Plains states due to the Dust Bowl?

2. It was said that the farms in California were needing how many farm laborers during the period of the Dust Bowl?

3. What was the official name of the Weedpatch Camp?

4. In 1936, the author writes that it had not rained more than a few drops in the Panhandle in how many years?

5. The starvation diets and unsanitary conditions of the Okie communities led to disease including tuberculosis, pneumonia and what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who suffered the most from prejudice among the Okies? Why?

2. When did the great migration west begin? Who traveled this route?

3. What diseases did the Okies suffer from in California? Why?

4. How did the region of the Dust Bowl change from 1930 to 1940? What hardships did farmers face?

5. What were the Okies' impressions of Tehachapi Grade? What was the view looking down?

6. Describe the Weedpatch Camp. Where was it located?

7. What made things worse for the Okie farmers in 1931?

8. Where was the geographical region known as the Dust Bowl? What did the dust do to the farms?

9. How did the arrival of the Okies relate to immigration issues faced by Americans today?

10. How did the Okies travel west? What was their principle means of transportation?

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