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. What percentage of the adult male population of Kansas joined the Union army when the Civil War came?

2. What organization initiated real change in the temperance movement in Kansas?

3. What movement did Kansas participate in to help runaway slaves?

4. Which of the following towns sprang up around the cattle drive business?

5. Where did the cook feed the men on a cattle drive?

Short Essay Questions

1. What types of businesses were lured to towns and how permanent were these new communities?

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

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

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

5. What happened in 1867 to spur on the cattle drives and what were some of the towns that emerged around the drives?

6. How would the pioneers fund the building of new churches and how were they built and furnished?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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