The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party Test | Final Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What role did the granite rock have in constructing dwellings?
(a) They used it to sharpen their knives so they could chop trees for their housing.
(b) It acted as a wall and chimney.
(c) They chipped at the granite to make wall coverings.
(d) It gave them a foundation.

2. What was the weather like as the snowshoers traveled?
(a) Rainy
(b) Beautiful
(c) Miserable
(d) The sun was starting to melt the snow

3. How close were the dwellings to each other?
(a) They put several miles between buildings.
(b) They had room enough for campfires between the buildings.
(c) They deliberately built their dwellings a fair distance apart from each other.
(d) They attached their dwellings to each other.

4. What did the rescuers tell the survivors about Forlorn Hope?
(a) They died.
(b) They were all fine with no problems.
(c) They were lost.
(d) They were detained due to badly frostbitten feet.

5. Why was it a little difficult to read Virginia's letter?
(a) The paper was torn and mildewed.
(b) She wrote in Spanish.
(c) The ink smudged.
(d) Her spelling skills were terrible.

6. Where did George and Jacob Donner and their families camp?
(a) At the summit
(b) In California
(c) At Alder Creek
(d) At Tuskegee Lake

7. Why didn't Virginia join the group that went off for help?
(a) They needed her to babysit the little ones.
(b) She became ill.
(c) She was too young.
(d) She wasn't strong enough.

8. How did Tamsen keep the children occupied?
(a) She made crafts with them out of natural materials.
(b) She had them make up stories.
(c) She told them stories from the Bible.
(d) She gave them chores to do.

9. What happened to the teenager who ate a lot of food after surviving?
(a) He died in agony because his body could not digest it.
(b) He threw it all back up.
(c) They all laughed in happiness.
(d) He wrote about his amazing meal in his journal.

10. Where are James Reed's pocket watch and Masonic medal displayed?
(a) Sutter's Fort
(b) At the University of California at Berkely
(c) At Donner Memorial State Park
(d) At Johnson's Ranch

11. Who led the first rescue party that reached the survivors?
(a) Nobody reached them
(b) James Reed
(c) Aquillal Glover
(d) Charles Stanton

12. What happened to the surviving oxen?
(a) They were slaughtered for food and for their hides.
(b) They were set free.
(c) They were killed one by one as time progressed and people got hungry.
(d) They built a barn for them.

13. What happened when Mrs. Reed first saw her husband?
(a) She fainted.
(b) She started to run to meet him, but kept falling.
(c) She jumped into his arms.
(d) She dropped to her knees in the snow.

14. How did the rescue party find the survivors?
(a) They asked the Native Americans.
(b) They saw the swirls of smoke coming from the cabins.
(c) They followed trails.
(d) They used a detailed map.

15. How did they help Jimmy Reed travel?
(a) They carried him.
(b) They encouraged him by telling him that every step he took was getting closer to Papa.
(c) They put him on a sled.
(d) They threatened him.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did one woman think the rescuers came from?

2. Who went off to find help nine days before Christmas?

3. How did Margaret and Elizabeth Graves get along?

4. What kind of soup did they eat daily?

5. How many rescue parties left Sutters Fort?

(see the answer keys)

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