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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what year was the Kansas-Nebraska Act passed?
(a) 1854.
(b) 1810.
(c) 1912.
(d) 1899.

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

3. Which of the following diseases was common among the Kansas settlers?
(a) Tuberculosis
(b) Diabetes.
(c) Cholera.
(d) Measles.

4. Which of the following did the settlers look for in determining where to make their homes?
(a) No neighbors.
(b) Fertile soil
(c) Good neighbors.
(d) Meadows.

5. Eventually the differences between the Native Americans and the settlers caused ________________ on both sides.
(a) Illnesses.
(b) Wars.
(c) Hostilities.
(d) Deaths.

6. What disease was particularly devastating for young children on the prairie?
(a) Malaria.
(b) Chicken pox.
(c) Scarlet fever.
(d) Measles.

7. What was a major source of crop devastation on the prairie?
(a) Rabbits.
(b) Grasshoppers.
(c) Wolves.
(d) Prairie dogs.

8. Which of the following would occur on the Fourth of July?
(a) Sack races.
(b) Church service.
(c) Concerts.
(d) Court.

9. Which of the following adorned the Christmas trees of prairie families?
(a) Tinsel.
(b) Popcorn.
(c) Candy canes.
(d) Lights.

10. What was the most-celebrated holiday among prairie families?
(a) Fourth of July.
(b) New Year's.
(c) Thanksgiving.
(d) Christmas.

11. Who was the Cheyenne chief who led his warriors on a killing spree through Kansas?
(a) Chief Geronimo.
(b) Chief Sitting Bull.
(c) Chief Dull Knife.
(d) Chief Lame Deer.

12. The prairie was usually devoid of trees and ______________.
(a) Grass.
(b) Tumbleweed.
(c) Large rocks.
(d) Bushes.

13. Which of the following did girl children do to help their mothers?
(a) Plant.
(b) Harvest.
(c) Mend.
(d) Make potions.

14. Where did frontier families take shelter during Indian raids?
(a) Churches.
(b) Underground shelters.
(c) Their houses.
(d) Military forts.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. With what did the settlers beat back fires from their houses?

2. How much land did the government promise each Kansas settler?

3. What was the most crucial component for a homestead?

4. Occasional skirmishes perpetuated the myth of the Native Americans as ________________.

5. How did Santa enter the homes of prairie families on Christmas Eve?

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