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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who cleared paths after major snowstorms?
(a) Women.
(b) Children.
(c) Government workers.
(d) Community men.

2. Prairie families tended to be large because of _______________________.
(a) Families needing workers.
(b) The need to gain more land.
(c) A high rate of child mortality.
(d) No birth control.

3. Small animals like ducks and __________ would provide fascination for prairie children.
(a) Ferrets.
(b) Turkeys.
(c) Hamsters.
(d) Dogs.

4. What would announce that the Fourth of July had arrived?
(a) Cannon blast.
(b) Bugle blast.
(c) Rifle shots.
(d) Church bells.

5. To what city had the Kansas Pacific Railroad reached by 1870?
(a) Sacramento.
(b) Denver.
(c) Provo.
(d) Bozeman.

6. What became the staple crops for the Kansas farmer?
(a) Potatoes and corn.
(b) Rye and corn.
(c) Wheat and soybeans.
(d) Wheat and corn.

7. Branches were often whittled into dolls and _____________ for children's toys.
(a) Soldiers.
(b) Ball bats.
(c) Kazoos.
(d) Whistles.

8. Which of the following describes how Native Americans were viewed by the settlers?
(a) Gratitude.
(b) Acceptance.
(c) Fear.
(d) Joy.

9. As the U.S. economy and population grew, _______________ were increasingly pushed west.
(a) Native Americans.
(b) Homestead boundaries.
(c) Negroes.
(d) Asians.

10. Through which of the following did grasshoppers eat?
(a) Horses.
(b) Cows.
(c) Crops.
(d) Dust.

11. What was Kansas known as prior to the middle of the 19th century?
(a) Halfway to Heaven.
(b) The Middle of Nowhere.
(c) God's Country.
(d) The Great American Desert.

12. With what did the settlers beat back fires from their houses?
(a) Wet coats.
(b) Sod.
(c) Water.
(d) Sand.

13. Where did the prairie women mainly do the family laundry?
(a) A pond.
(b) A well.
(c) A kettle.
(d) A stream.

14. Many times the prairie could be a/an ____________ place.
(a) Fascinating.
(b) Lonely.
(c) Exhilirating.
(d) Forbidding.

15. Sarah White and _______________ were two young white women captured by Indians.
(a) Mary McKenna.
(b) Anna Brewster Morgan.
(c) Lucille Bronson.
(d) Sally Ann Madison.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of animals usually worked the plow?

2. In what year was the Kansas-Nebraska Act passed?

3. Where would a typical dance be held on the prairie?

4. What was the weight of the average sod house?

5. What disease was particularly devastating for young children on the prairie?

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