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Test covering Homesteading and the importance of the Railroad in building America


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  • 1. 
    Which of the following best describes the Homestead Act of 1863
    • A. 

      The Homestead Act allowed for settlement of open territory and all the homesteaders became wealthy

    • B. 

      The Homestead Act of 1863 was established to allow settlement in the western part of the United States while at the same time expanding the American economy

    • C. 

      The Homestead Act was a monumental failure and it was discontinued in 1867

  • 2. 
    Homesteaders and cattle ranchers got along just fine because there was so much open territory that the two never came into contact with each other
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    Which of the following conditions were required to obtain a homestead according to the Homestead Act of 1863(read responses carefully)
    • A. 

      Had to be 21 and/or the head of a household, had to have $1500, had to make improvements on the land, had to live on the land

    • B. 

      Had to have $1500, had to build a barn, a fence, a house, and a well, had to live on the land, had to farm the land, had to be at least 18 years old

    • C. 

      Had to be 21 and/or the head of a household, had to make improvements on the land, had to farm the land, had to homestead for five years, had to pay a small fee to gain title to the land upon receiving it

  • 4. 
    The name of the first homesteader under the 1863 Homestead Act was a man by the name of _________________ and his homestead was located in the current state of __________
    • A. 

      Daniel Freemason / Nevada

    • B. 

      John L. Sullivan / Massachusetts

    • C. 

      Daniel Freeman / Nebraska

  • 5. 
    Is the following statement true or false:Many homesteaders that came west were terribly unprepared for the harsh lifestyle that they were required to lead.  Many lived in houses that were made of sod or in simple dugouts in the sides of hills.  While some homesteaders did lead prosperous lives that eventually lead to wealth, many eaked out a meager living while others simply failed
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    Which of the following conditions lead to the difficult lives of many homesteaders (read responses carefully)
    • A. 

      Harsh weather, crop failure, insect infestation, military conflict with native Americans, poor market prices

    • B. 

      Harsh weather, high rates charged by the railroads, poor diet, military conflict with the native Americans

    • C. 

      Harsh weather, high rates charged by the railroads, insect infestation, poor economic decisions by the homesteaders, crop failure

  • 7. 
    Which of the following statements can be attributed to the introduction of barbed wire on the open plains
    • A. 

      Barbed wire effectively ended the open prairie because it ended the free range movement of cattle

    • B. 

      Barbed wire was a source of conflict between cattle ranchers who were used to free range cattle grazing and and homesteaders who were trying to protect their business investments of crop plantings

    • C. 

      Both of the above statements can be attributed to the introduction of barbed wire on the open plains

    • D. 

      Neither of the above statements can be attributed to the introduction of barbed wire on the open plains

  • 8. 
    Which of the following bits of data most accurately reflect the information contained in the 1880 DeSmet Census Report(read responses carefully)
    • A. 

      Age, birthplace of mother and father

    • B. 

      Gender, birthplace of mother and father, occupation of mother and father, family relationship, birthdate

    • C. 

      Name, race, gender, age, family relationship, occupation, birthplace, birthplace of mother and father

    • D. 

      None of the above responses accurately reflect the information contained in the 1880 DeSmet Census Report

  • 9. 
    Which of the following can be attributed to the concept of how the railroads helped build America
    • A. 

      Railroads helped provide for the expansion of territory in America

    • B. 

      Railroads helped provide for the expansion of industry in America

    • C. 

      Railroads helped provide for the expansion of the American economy

    • D. 

      All of the above statements are true statements

    • E. 

      None of the above statesments are true statements

  • 10. 
    According to the notes that you took in class, which of the following statements can be seen as true about the expansion of the railroads in the United States
    • A. 

      Between the years 1850 and 1890, the number of miles of railroads in the United States increased from approximately 9,000 miles to almost 130,000 miles.

    • B. 

      Railroad mileage increased at a very slow rate between the years 1850 and 1870, but then dramatically from 1870 to 1890.

    • C. 

      As the expansion of the United States network of railroads increased the United States economy decreased.

  • 11. 
    The Populist Party wanted to increase the money supply so that
    • A. 

      Everyone in the United States could afford to live a safe and healthy lifestyle

    • B. 

      Prices for products, specifically farm products, would increase as well, due to the fact that people would have more money to spend

    • C. 

      The Populist Party didn't want an increase in the money supply

  • 12. 
    Term limitations, the eight hour work day, the graduated income tax plan, and the secret ballot were all introduced by the Republican Party during the 1896 Presidential Election
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    A system in which the government would exchange paper money for gold or silver
    • A. 

      The gold or silver standard

    • B. 

      Bimettalism

    • C. 

      The coinage system

  • 14. 
    Which of the following sets of names and their respective political parties were candidates during the 1896 Presidential Election
    • A. 

      William Shatner (Star Fleet Command) / William Bennett (

    • B. 

      William Jennings Bryan (Rep.) / William McKinley (Dem.)

    • C. 

      William McKinley (Rep.) / William Jennings Bryan (Dem. - Populist)

    • D. 

      William Seward (Rep.) / William Jennings Bryan (Dem.)

  • 15. 
    For next 5 questions, refer to chart concerning the 1896 Election:Which state gave McKinley the largest number of popular votes
    • A. 

      California

    • B. 

      Illinois

    • C. 

      Pennsylvania

    • D. 

      New York

  • 16. 
    Which state gave Bryan the smallest number of popular votes
    • A. 

      Delaware

    • B. 

      Vermont

    • C. 

      Ohio

    • D. 

      Nevada

  • 17. 
    How many states cast at least one electoral vote for the Democratic candidate
    • A. 

      17

    • B. 

      14

    • C. 

      24

    • D. 

      21

  • 18. 
    How many total popular votes were cast for both candidates
    • A. 

      13,907,000

    • B. 

      6,493,000

    • C. 

      7,102

    • D. 

      447,000

  • 19. 
    Which states split their electoral votes between the candidates
    • A. 

      California and Kansas

    • B. 

      California and Kentucky

    • C. 

      Kansas and Kentucky

    • D. 

      Kansas and Colorado

  • 20. 
    For next five questions, refer to Map:Into how many time zones is the continental United State divided
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

  • 21. 
    How many hours separate Central and Eastern Time
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      3

    • C. 

      4

    • D. 

      5

  • 22. 
    In 1870, how many railroads reached the West Coast
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

  • 23. 
    Which railroad connected Butte and Minneapolis
    • A. 

      Great Northern

    • B. 

      Northern Pacific

    • C. 

      Union Pacific

    • D. 

      Illinois Central

  • 24. 
    Which two cities were connected by the Pennsylvania Railway
    • A. 

      Los Angeles and Tucson

    • B. 

      Salt Lake City and Omaha

    • C. 

      Atlanta and Pittsburgh

    • D. 

      Pittsburgh and St. Louis

  • 25. 
    Refer to the Census Report for the following three questions Which of the following statements about the PARENTS of Laura Ingalls is true
    • A. 

      They were born in foreign countries

    • B. 

      They were born in territories, not states

    • C. 

      They were born in the Northeast

    • D. 

      They were born in Mexico

  • 26. 
    Approximately how old was Caroline when her last child was born
    • A. 

      25

    • B. 

      30

    • C. 

      33

    • D. 

      37

  • 27. 
    Laura Ingalls and her sister Mary were
    • A. 

      Both born in Wisconsin

    • B. 

      Not attending school in 1880

    • C. 

      Both teenagers in 1880

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 28. 
    Refer to Bar Graph for the next four questions:Which decade showed the largest increase in coal production
    • A. 

      1860 - 1870

    • B. 

      1870 - 1880

    • C. 

      1880 - 1890

    • D. 

      1890 -1900

  • 29. 
    In which decade did coal production more than double
    • A. 

      1860 - 1870

    • B. 

      1870 -1880

    • C. 

      1880 - 1890

    • D. 

      1890 - 1900

  • 30. 
    Between 1860 and 1900, coal production
    • A. 

      Barely tripled

    • B. 

      Rose by more than ten times

    • C. 

      Rose from 20,000,000 tons to 160,000,000 tons

    • D. 

      Was cut in half

  • 31. 
    Based on the graph, which of the following statements is NOT true
    • A. 

      Coal production increased substantially each decade

    • B. 

      Coal production nearly doubled each decade from 1870 to 1890

    • C. 

      Coal production more than tripled from 1880 to 1900

    • D. 

      Coal production gradually decreased during each decade

  • 32. 
    What were some of the hardships that frontier farmers faced in the mid to late 1800's:address the following:     1.  weather conditions     2.  availability of land and housing     3.  working conditions      4.  dangers of living on the frontier     5.  economic concerns 15 points