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

2. Which of the following was a type of house built by the new Kansas settlers?

3. What was the nickname for sod blocks?

4. Picnics would most often occur on Saturday or ______________.

5. Why did streams run brown in Kansas in 1874?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe a typical picnic for the homesteaders.

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

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

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

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

8. What type of clothing did the pioneering families wear and how did the women keep them clean?

9. How did the growing United States impact the Native American tribes?

10. What natural threats were ever present for prairie families?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain law and order on the Kansas frontier. What were some of the typical crimes committed? What was considered to be the worst offense on the prairie? What was the usual punishment for this offense? How were prisoners detained in such primitive environments?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explain the role of women in frontier life in 19th century Kansas. How were gender roles blurred during this period of time in Kansas? What lessons did women learn about themselves as they carved lives for their families out of the sod and hills of the prairie?

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