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. Many settlers found strength in ____________ when hardships came their way.

2. What was a major source of crop devastation on the prairie?

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

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

5. Some prairie women were called upon to perform minor surgery and to ______________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Who were Sarah White and Anna Brewster Morgan and why did they gain notoriety?

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

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

9. Describe a typical Christmas for a pioneer family.

10. What did pioneer children do to amuse themselves?

Essay Topics

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the process of creating a new garment on the Kansas frontier. What role did buffalo and other animal skins play in pioneer clothing? Who was primarily responsible for the family's clothing? What was the method of cleaning clothes?

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