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

2. What was known to batter crops during the summer months?
(a) Hurricanes.
(b) Hailstones.
(c) Bats.
(d) Locusts.

3. As a result of the new railroad as well as the Homestead Act of 1862, Native Americans were pushed into the state of _____________.
(a) Colorado.
(b) Montana.
(c) Oklahoma.
(d) Arizona.

4. What was the weight of the average sod house?
(a) 5 tons.
(b) 2 tons.
(c) 10 tons.
(d) 90 tons.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Small animals like ducks and __________ would provide fascination for prairie children.

2. Why were times of illness, pregnancy and childbirth especially frightful times for prairie women?

3. What kind of plow was used to turn the earth?

4. For how long did the Kansas Drought of 1860 last?

5. Which of the following occurred in the Kansas Drought of 1860?

Short Essay Questions

1. In addition to fires, what other natural disasters did the homesteaders need to fend off?

2. Who were Sarah White and Anna Brewster Morgan and why did they gain notoriety?

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

4. Describe the devastation of "The Grasshopper Year" in 1874.

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

6. What natural threats were ever present for prairie families?

7. How did the growing United States impact the Native American tribes?

8. What were the major diseases that plagued the homesteaders and what role did women play in health care?

9. When did the railroad become a viable method of transportation west?

10. What was a typical social visit between pioneer families and why were the social times so valued?

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