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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. What act was passed which opened up Kansas to settlement?
3. With what did the settlers beat back fires from their houses?
4. Which of the following occurred in the Kansas Drought of 1860?
5. Where did frontier families take shelter during Indian raids?
Short Essay Questions
1. How did the growing United States impact the Native American tribes?
2. Describe a typical picnic for the homesteaders.
3. Describe what the pioneers would do on their favorite holiday.
4. What crops were the mainstays of Kansas crops and what else did the families eat?
5. What behavior of the Native Americans would catch the homesteaders off guard in their homes?
6. What was the priority of the homesteaders upon arriving at their land?
7. Explain "water witching."
8. Describe a typical Christmas for a pioneer family.
9. What type of clothing did the pioneering families wear and how did the women keep them clean?
10. Explain the use of cow and buffalo dung on the prairie.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explain why the accounts of the Kansas pioneer women had been overlooked for so many years. What value do they have for historians and students today? What value will you take away from this literary experience? Explain.
Essay Topic 2
Describe holidays on the Kansas prairie. What was the favorite holiday of the homesteaders? How did they celebrate it? How were these days different from other social events? What traditions did the prairie women try to hold on to from their lives back East?
Essay Topic 3
Explain how a frontier town was established. Where was it most likely to be located? What were the typical establishments in a frontier town? Why were frontier towns so volatile?
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