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. Where did frontier families take shelter during Indian raids?

2. In the nineteenth century a woman's place was considered to be in ________________.

3. In what year was the Kansas-Nebraska Act passed?

4. What lured people from the east to head to Kansas to settle?

5. With what did the settlers beat back fires from their houses?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were some of the methods of transportation for people moving west to Kansas?

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

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

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

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

6. Describe a typical Christmas for a pioneer family.

7. Describe what the pioneers would do on their favorite holiday.

8. Explain the roles of children in the prairie family.

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

10. What was the pioneer family's priority after establishing its homestead?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Name the three most popular types of homes built by the Kansas homesteaders. What were the determining factors in choosing the type of home to build? What were the disadvantages and advantages of each type?

Essay Topic 2

What positions other than wife and mother did most prairie women hold? What was expected of a prairie woman by others? What expectations did she place on herself? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

What role did Kansas play in the slavery issue prior to the Civil War? What is meant by the term "Bleeding Kansas" to note this period in the state's history? What side did Kansas join during the Civil War? Why?

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