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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. Occasional skirmishes perpetuated the myth of the Native Americans as ________________.
(a) Crafty trackers.
(b) Savages.
(c) Skilled weapons makers.
(d) Expert sharpshooters.

2. What was the most valued source of fuel on the prairie?
(a) Electricity.
(b) Oil.
(c) Cow dung.
(d) Gasoline.

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

4. For how long did the Kansas Drought of 1860 last?
(a) 3 months.
(b) 2 years.
(c) 18 months.
(d) 6 months.

5. In 1874, the meat of livestock tasted like ____________ because of consuming so many of them.
(a) Earthworms.
(b) Flies.
(c) Grasshoppers.
(d) Wasps.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following could cripple the settlers during the winter?

2. Which of the following diseases was common among the Kansas settlers?

3. With which of the following crops did Kansas farmers experiment?

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

5. What type of animals usually worked the plow?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the pioneer family's priority after establishing its homestead?

2. What did pioneer children do to amuse themselves?

3. Explain the roles of children in the prairie family.

4. Name the benefits and drawbacks of homesteading in eastern Kansas and western Kansas.

5. Prior to the mid 19th century, as what was Kansas known and what happened in 1854 to change that?

6. Explain "water witching."

7. What were the two major government initiatives that forced Native Americans out of Kansas and where did they go?

8. Describe a typical picnic for the homesteaders.

9. What was the incident at Sand Creek and what resulted from it?

10. Describe a typical Christmas for a pioneer family.

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