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. In what year were Native American tribes first forcibly forced to move west of the Mississippi River?

2. Native Americans did not regard land as _______________________.

3. Which of the following could cripple the settlers during the winter?

4. What was a favorite recreation for prairie families?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What were the major diseases that plagued the homesteaders and what role did women play in health care?

3. How did prairie life put women on equal footing with their husbands in the family dynamic?

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

5. Describe a typical picnic for the homesteaders.

6. Prior to the mid 19th century, as what was Kansas known and what happened in 1854 to change that?

7. Why would prairie women suffer bouts of loneliness?

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

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

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

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 3

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?

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