Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier Test | Final 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 which of the following areas did women gain more influence toward the end of the pioneer period?

2. Why did circuit riding become popular among frontier preachers?

3. Who was the most notorious leader of the guerilla warfare Confederates?

4. In what year was the Kansas town of Osawatomie attacked?

5. What served as a blackboard in a teacher's home?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the role of the early newspapers established in Kansas?

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

3. Why were cowboys and cattle drives both a blessing and a curse to pioneer families?

4. What was the role of the prairie women in regard to education?

5. Who was Susannah Medora Salter and for what is she famous?

6. What was the most popular immigrant community in Kansas and what eventually happened to the town and its founder?

7. Who was John Brown and what was his role in the slavery issue in Kansas?

8. What was meant by a preacher who was a "circuit rider"?

9. Explain the slavery issue in Kansas and what the Kansas-Nebraska Ace of 1854 decided.

10. What role did a hotel or inn play in a frontier town and what were some of the challenges in running such a business?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of the local newspaper in a frontier town. What types of information were usually included in an issue? How did the nature and tone of newspapers change as communities grew and politics reared its ugly head?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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