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. 1874 was named ___________________ due to crop devastation.

2. Native Americans would often come uninvited into the settlers' homes and marvel at plates and __________________.

3. What would announce that the Fourth of July had arrived?

4. To which of the following were Kansas settlers subjected?

5. Why were times of illness, pregnancy and childbirth especially frightful times for prairie women?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What was the incident at Sand Creek and what resulted from it?

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

7. Name the benefits and drawbacks of homesteading in eastern Kansas and western Kansas.

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

9. What did pioneer children do to amuse themselves?

10. What were the two major government initiatives that forced Native Americans out of Kansas and where did they go?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe the methods by which prairie women would obtain their medicines. What other medical tools did they fashion out of what they had? How do those methods compare to alternative medicines today?

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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