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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. Which of the following describes how Native Americans were viewed by the settlers?
2. Which of the following occurred in the Kansas Drought of 1860?
3. What was Kansas known as prior to the middle of the 19th century?
4. Prairie life made the woman ____________ her husband.
5. What disease was particularly devastating for young children on the prairie?
Short Essay Questions
1. What natural threats were ever present for prairie families?
2. What were some of the methods of transportation for people moving west to Kansas?
3. What were the major diseases that plagued the homesteaders and what role did women play in health care?
4. Explain the roles of children in the prairie family.
5. How did the growing United States impact the Native American tribes?
6. How did prairie life put women on equal footing with their husbands in the family dynamic?
7. In addition to fires, what other natural disasters did the homesteaders need to fend off?
8. Why would prairie women suffer bouts of loneliness?
9. What were the sources of hostility between the Native Americans and the homesteaders?
10. What did pioneer children do to amuse themselves?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Why were social visits so welcome among the Kansas homesteaders? What was the nature of a typical social call from one family on another? What were some of the social events held so that groups of homesteaders could meet and form friendships? What were the usual activities that would occur at these events?
Essay Topic 2
Explain the influx of immigrants to the Kansas frontier. For what reasons did they leave their homes? What special challenges did they experience in homesteading in Kansas that Americans did not experience? How readily accepted were the immigrants by the established settlers in Kansas?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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