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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. Which of the following occurred in the Kansas Drought of 1860?
(a) Crippled harvests.
(b) Prairie fires.
(c) Theft.
(d) Exodus.

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

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

4. What was a popular and relatively comfortable mode of transportation to reach Kansas?
(a) Stage coach.
(b) Boat.
(c) Train.
(d) Covered wagon.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The prairie was usually devoid of trees and ______________.

2. As the U.S. economy and population grew, _______________ were increasingly pushed west.

3. At what distance were horses changed on a stagecoach route?

4. Where did the prairie women mainly do the family laundry?

5. Hundreds of ______________ Indians were slaughtered by the U.S. government in 1864.

Short Essay Questions

1. How did prairie life put women on equal footing with their husbands in the family dynamic?

2. What were some of the methods of transportation for people moving west to Kansas?

3. What crops were the mainstays of Kansas crops and what else did the families eat?

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

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

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

7. Explain why pregnancy and childbirth were especially trying times for women and what complications were there for the newborns?

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

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

10. Describe how a winter storm was so incapacitating to prairie families.

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