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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What disease was particularly devastating for young children on the prairie?
2. The prairie was usually devoid of trees and ______________.
3. Occasional skirmishes perpetuated the myth of the Native Americans as ________________.
4. Which of the following did boy children do to help their fathers?
5. Branches were often whittled into dolls and _____________ for children's toys.
Short Essay Questions
1. When did the railroad become a viable method of transportation west?
2. What were the major diseases that plagued the homesteaders and what role did women play in health care?
3. In addition to fires, what other natural disasters did the homesteaders need to fend off?
4. What were the sources of hostility between the Native Americans and the homesteaders?
5. Describe how a winter storm was so incapacitating to prairie families.
6. What did pioneer children do to amuse themselves?
7. Describe the devastation of "The Grasshopper Year" in 1874.
8. What was a typical social visit between pioneer families and why were the social times so valued?
9. What crops were the mainstays of Kansas crops and what else did the families eat?
10. Describe a typical picnic for the homesteaders.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explain the influx of immigrants to the Kansas frontier. For what reasons did they leave their homes? What special challenges did they experience in homesteading in Kansas that Americans did not experience? How readily accepted were the immigrants by the established settlers in Kansas?
Essay Topic 2
Cowboys and cattle drives have a lasting impression on American culture yet they were active for only about a 20-year period. What was the purpose of a cattle drive? How was a cattle drive structured? Who were the personnel included on a cattle drive? What were the advantages and disadvantages of cattle drives to the Kansas homesteaders?
Essay Topic 3
Explain why the accounts of the Kansas pioneer women had been overlooked for so many years. What value do they have for historians and students today? What value will you take away from this literary experience? Explain.
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