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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the main geographic feature of the Western Plains of New South Wales?
(a) Lakes.
(b) Forests.
(c) Grasslands.
(d) Tundra.

2. In "The West," how did Conway describe the virtues of Australia?
(a) Firm.
(b) Loose.
(c) Stoic.
(d) Troubled.

3. In "Drought," what made the Kers decide to go into debt?
(a) Bob wanted to go to a university.
(b) Conway needed medical attention.
(c) They lost half their sheep.
(d) A storm damaged their house.

4. What does Coorain mean in the aboriginal language?
(a) Rich soil.
(b) Windy place.
(c) Flat land.
(d) Peaceful times.

5. How many brothers did Conway have?
(a) Two.
(b) One.
(c) Three.
(d) Four.

6. In "Drought," what happened to the government of Australia?
(a) The Chinese set up a military base in the capital.
(b) They passed communist laws.
(c) They let the Americans advise them.
(d) The Labor Party took over.

7. After World War I, what identity did Australians take pride in?
(a) Native to the land.
(b) Atheist.
(c) War hungry.
(d) English speaking.

8. How did settling land affect the price when the whites first came to New South Wales?
(a) It made it more expensive.
(b) It made it cheap.
(c) It didn't change the price.
(d) It changed depending on the crops.

9. After serving as a solider, why couldn't Conway's father get land?
(a) Because he was injured.
(b) Because he was poor.
(c) Because he was single.
(d) Because he was too young.

10. Why did Mrs. Ker refuse to sell Coorain after her husband's death?
(a) Because it was her home.
(b) Because it wasn't worth much money.
(c) Because Bob told her not to.
(d) Because it reminded her of her husband.

11. In "Childhood," how did Mrs. Ker treat her children equally?
(a) They weren't treated equally.
(b) They were all taught by the same teacher.
(c) They were all sent to bed at the same time.
(d) They all had the same chores.

12. In the time before World War II, how did the Kers feel about the political events of the world?
(a) They ignored all the news.
(b) They were very interested in them.
(c) They agreed with the Americans.
(d) They liked the ideas of the Italians.

13. What did Mrs. Ker do before leaving Coorain for Sydney?
(a) She left the farm to her sons.
(b) She found a manager for Coorain.
(c) She sold all the sheep.
(d) She took pictures of the land.

14. In "Childhood," what did Conway say her early years may have looked like?
(a) Lonely.
(b) Stressful.
(c) Hard-working.
(d) Uneducated.

15. In "The West," when did Conway say Australia had one of the highest per capita incomes in the world?
(a) 1919.
(b) 1921.
(c) 1918.
(d) 1920.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Mr. Ker tell his daughter to sell Coorain after he died?

2. What did Conway like about seeing her mother at fundraisers in "Childhood"?

3. Why did Bob go to Sydney in 1940?

4. How did Conway's father receive land in the Western Division?

5. How long did it take for the Kers to earn money from their sheep in Coorain?

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