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. Who was the main musician at prairie dances?

2. The eastern and central plains Indians were usually _______________.

3. To what city had the Kansas Pacific Railroad reached by 1870?

4. What was the method of transportation chosen by single people or small families to get to Kansas?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What did pioneer children do to amuse themselves?

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

5. Why would prairie women suffer bouts of loneliness?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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