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 invention in the early 1880s helped the homesteaders protect themselves from cattle drives?

2. What would usually happen to someone caught stealing a horse?

3. Children had to spread their time between school and _____________.

4. Between what years did the majority of cattle drives take place on the American frontier?

5. Why were meat supplies low in the East?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How were towns established on the frontier?

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

4. What issue united women as they began to get more of a voice in governmental, moral and social issues?

5. Who was William C. Quantrill and what is he famous for during the Civil War?

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

7. Describe the teaching environment in one of the first constructed schoolhouses.

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

9. Why was the town of Osawatomie attacked by pro-slavery forces in 1856?

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

What positions other than wife and mother did most prairie women hold? What was expected of a prairie woman by others? What expectations did she place on herself? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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