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 color was the dog that Laura found in Kansas?

2. What did the Wilders see lying around on the ground in Fort Scott?

3. What did Rose name the lost dog found in Kansas?

4. Where did the Wilders get some letters?

5. Why did Laura like the streets in Topeka?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Laura say about all the bad comments they heard from people about Missouri?

2. What did Almanzo stop doing when they started passing numerous immigrant wagon trains?

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

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

5. What happened to one of the horses in Rossville?

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

7. What does the first picture included of Mansfield show?

8. What happened when Almanzo and Laura returned from the Land Agent's office?

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

10. What did Rose and her friends do while their parents looked for homes in the area?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jealousy is a pretty strong theme throughout the book. Where are some places that this theme appears, and how do the people touched by it react?

Essay Topic 2

Where did the theme of technology appear in this book, and how did it change the course of the Wilder's journey?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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