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

2. Which of the following was a drawback to a dugout dwelling?
(a) Heat.
(b) Insect.
(c) Dirt.
(d) Blizzards.

3. How were land concessions negotiated with the Native Americans?
(a) Treaties.
(b) By force.
(c) Military rule.
(d) Contracts.

4. What was the most crucial component for a homestead?
(a) Sod.
(b) Water.
(c) Trees.
(d) Rich soil.

5. The disappearance of _______________ made the Native American visits less friendly.
(a) Buffalo.
(b) Deer.
(c) Horses.
(d) Turkeys.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was especially valued for their ability to keep out the cold?

2. To what city had the Kansas Pacific Railroad reached by 1870?

3. 1874 was named ___________________ due to crop devastation.

4. Many times the prairie could be a/an ____________ place.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was the process that ultimately led to women's voting rights on the city level?

3. What was the most popular immigrant community in Kansas and what eventually happened to the town and its founder?

4. Describe what the pioneers would do on their favorite holiday.

5. Who was Susannah Medora Salter and for what is she famous?

6. Who was William C. Quantrill and what is he famous for during the Civil War?

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

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

9. What was considered to be one of the worst crimes on the frontier and how were criminals punished?

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

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