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

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

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

4. Hundreds of ______________ Indians were slaughtered by the U.S. government in 1864.

5. Which of the following did girl children do to help their mothers?

Short Essay Questions

1. When was Kansas officially declared a state and how long had the process taken?

2. Was slavery a part of life in Kansas prior to the Civil War?

3. What was the personnel make up of a cattle drive?

4. What was considered to be one of the worst crimes on the frontier and how were criminals punished?

5. What nationalities of immigrants moved into Kansas during the pioneer days?

6. During what years were cowboys prominent on the frontier and why were they first organized?

7. What was a typical social visit between pioneer families and why were the social times so valued?

8. What role did religion play in the lives of the homesteaders and which denominations were primarily represented?

9. Why would prairie women suffer bouts of loneliness?

10. What behavior of the Native Americans would catch the homesteaders off guard in their homes?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Cowboys and cattle drives have a lasting impression on American culture yet they were active for only about a 20-year period. What was the purpose of a cattle drive? How was a cattle drive structured? Who were the personnel included on a cattle drive? What were the advantages and disadvantages of cattle drives to the Kansas homesteaders?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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