On the Way Home: The Diary of a Trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894 Test | Final 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. What spooked Prince?

2. What was the longest distance the Wilders traveled in one day while in Kansas?

3. Why did the people in Fort Scott not plant in the good land?

4. How long did it take for Almanzo to clear all the land?

5. What did Almanzo say made the soil in Missouri so good?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who did Almanzo get to help clear his land, and why?

2. Where did the Wilders live while they worked on getting a home?

3. Why did the people around Fort Scott not farm the good land outside of the town?

4. What facts did Laura give about Mansfield after she arrived there?

5. What did Laura do while Almanzo worked on clearing the land?

6. What did Laura think happened to the missing money, and why?

7. What was the first chore Rose was given on the new land?

8. What did Laura find shortly after crossing the Kansas River?

9. How did Laura describe St. Marys?

10. What did Laura joke about when she heard cowbells in a field in Missouri?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Creativity and Curiosity are two traits that Rose sees in her father. How do these traits make him different than other men, and how does this affect his relationships with his wife and daughter?

Essay Topic 2

Almanzo is an upbeat man. How does this major feature about him affect the people around him? What are people's first impressions of him, and how does this affect Almanzo's capacity to lead? Make sure you support your answers with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

The tone changes frequently in this book. What are the major places where this change in tone comes about, and what causes these changes?

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