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. Social events on the prairie centered around supper and _________________.

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

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

4. What act was passed which opened up Kansas to settlement?

5. Eventually the differences between the Native Americans and the settlers caused ________________ on both sides.

Short Essay Questions

1. In addition to fires, what other natural disasters did the homesteaders need to fend off?

2. How did the growing United States impact the Native American tribes?

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

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

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

6. What type of clothing did the pioneering families wear and how did the women keep them clean?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe the early churches in frontier Kansas. How were they constructed. How were they furnished? What types of buildings served as churches before dedicated structures could be constructed?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of women in frontier life in 19th century Kansas. How were gender roles blurred during this period of time in Kansas? What lessons did women learn about themselves as they carved lives for their families out of the sod and hills of the prairie?

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