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 the method of transportation chosen by single people or small families to get to Kansas?

2. Which of the following did boy children do to help their fathers?

3. In 1874, the meat of livestock tasted like ____________ because of consuming so many of them.

4. What kind of plow was used to turn the earth?

5. What was a constant worry on the prairie?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What were the sources of hostility between the Native Americans and the homesteaders?

6. Describe a typical picnic for the homesteaders.

7. What behavior of the Native Americans would catch the homesteaders off guard in their homes?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of religion on the Kansas prairie. Was there an increase in religious life because just living on the prairie was such a trying experience? What were the primary religions represented on the Kansas frontier?

Essay Topic 2

What positions other than wife and mother did most prairie women hold? What was expected of a prairie woman by others? What expectations did she place on herself? Explain.

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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