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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. Native Americans did not regard land as _______________________.
2. Why did prairie women tend to do more typically male jobs than before?
3. Picnics would most often occur on Saturday or ______________.
4. Which of the following was a type of house built by the new Kansas settlers?
5. Who was the main musician at prairie dances?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe a typical Christmas for a pioneer family.
2. Name the benefits and drawbacks of homesteading in eastern Kansas and western Kansas.
3. Explain the roles of children in the prairie family.
4. Explain why pregnancy and childbirth were especially trying times for women and what complications were there for the newborns?
5. What were some of the methods of transportation for people moving west to Kansas?
6. In addition to fires, what other natural disasters did the homesteaders need to fend off?
7. What were the sources of hostility between the Native Americans and the homesteaders?
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. What did pioneer children do to amuse themselves?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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 the role of the local newspaper in a frontier town. What types of information were usually included in an issue? How did the nature and tone of newspapers change as communities grew and politics reared its ugly head?
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