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. What was a popular and relatively comfortable mode of transportation to reach Kansas?

2. Which of the following diseases was common among the Kansas settlers?

3. To which of the following were Kansas settlers subjected?

4. What disease was particularly devastating for young children on the prairie?

5. 1874 was named ___________________ due to crop devastation.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Explain the use of cow and buffalo dung on the prairie.

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

6. Explain "water witching."

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

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

What role did Kansas play in the slavery issue prior to the Civil War? What is meant by the term "Bleeding Kansas" to note this period in the state's history? What side did Kansas join during the Civil War? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the process of breaking ground and planting crops. Which crops were experimented with by the homesteaders? Which crops became the staples for Kansas homesteaders? Are those crops the primary crops for Kansas yet today?

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