Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Corn farmers usually raised a small amount of livestock for food including hogs and ___________.

2. Which of the following did the settlers look for in determining where to make their homes?

3. Which of the following was a type of house built by the new Kansas settlers?

4. Which of the following would occur on the Fourth of July?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What was the priority of the homesteaders upon arriving at their land?

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

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

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

10. Explain "water witching."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the early schoolhouses in frontier Kansas. How were they usually constructed? How were they furnished? How were they an improvement upon home schooling efforts?

Essay Topic 2

Name at least three environmental catastrophes that plagued the Kansas homesteaders. Then cite the reasons why each catastrophe was so devastating to the pioneers. If there were any preventative measures employed by the pioneers, state those also in your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Explain law and order on the Kansas frontier. What were some of the typical crimes committed? What was considered to be the worst offense on the prairie? What was the usual punishment for this offense? How were prisoners detained in such primitive environments?

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