Social Studies-Chapter 6

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Social Study Quizzes & Trivia

In the sixth chapter of our ongoing series of social studies quizzes, we take a closer look at such topics as settlers on the Great Plains, Joseph McCoy, long drives, the range wars and mining booms.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    • A. 

      Sod houses were cleaner than other buildings.

    • B. 

      There were few trees that could be used for wood.

    • C. 

      Houses made from wood were too cold in the winters.

    • D. 

      The railroads paid people to live in sod houses.

  • 2. 
    The person who invented a stronger plow to cut through the thick sod was ____________________________.
    • A. 

      Joseph Glidden

    • B. 

      James Oliver

    • C. 

      Richard King

    • D. 

      George Custer

  • 3. 
    Which of the following caused some farmers to leave their farms on the Great Plains?
    • A. 

      Railroads

    • B. 

      Immigrants

    • C. 

      Low crop prices

    • D. 

      Barbed wire

  • 4. 
    After Joseph McCoy opened his stokyards near some railroad tracks in Abilene, Kansas, ___________________________.
    • A. 

      Many farmers moved to the Great Plains

    • B. 

      The Indians started moving to the reservations.

    • C. 

      Ranchers started moving cattle to the "cow towns".

    • D. 

      The mining boom in the West ended.

  • 5. 
    What were long drives?
    • A. 

      Transportation by railroad

    • B. 

      Special areas of farmland given to Homesteaders

    • C. 

      The path of the buffalo migration on the Great Plains

    • D. 

      Trips on which cowhands moved large numbers of cows to the railroads

  • 6. 
    The range wars were caused by ___________________________.
    • A. 

      The use of barbed wire.

    • B. 

      The steel plow.

    • C. 

      The British.

    • D. 

      Railroad owners.

  • 7. 
    What happened during a mining boom?
    • A. 

      Most people lost all of their money.

    • B. 

      People moved away from mining areas.

    • C. 

      Gold, silver, and copper mines were closed.

    • D. 

      There was quick economic growth.

  • 8. 
    Which of the following caused some mining towns to become ghost towns?
    • A. 

      The range wars destroyed all the buildings in the town.

    • B. 

      The mines ran out of gold, silver, or copper.

    • C. 

      The railroads moved away.

    • D. 

      The vaqueros ordered everyone to leave town.

  • 9. 
    Law and order was miantained in the mining towns by _________________________.
    • A. 

      The U.S. Army

    • B. 

      Vigilance Committees

    • C. 

      County sheriffs

    • D. 

      The Union Army

  • 10. 
    The most important resource of the Plains Indians was ______________________ .
    • A. 

      The buffalo

    • B. 

      The horse

    • C. 

      Wheat

    • D. 

      Corn

  • 11. 
    Why did General George Custer take his soldiers to the Little Bighorn River in 1876?
    • A. 

      To open a new railroad through the Black Hills

    • B. 

      To protect cowhands on long drives across the Sioux reservation

    • C. 

      To help miners in a boomtown

    • D. 

      To take back the land the government had given the Sioux

  • 12. 
    Why did the U.S. soldiers chase the Nez Perces for more than 1,700 miles?
    • A. 

      Because the Nez Perces were living on land that contained gold

    • B. 

      To punish them for defeating Custer and his soldiers

    • C. 

      Because the Nez Perces were trying to escape to Canada

    • D. 

      To stop them from going to war with the Sioux