Western Settlement 1

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  • 1. 
    The belief that the U.S. should extend from the Atlantic to Pacific Ocean was called 
    • A. 

      Isolationism

    • B. 

      Pacifism

    • C. 

      Imperialism

    • D. 

      Manifest Destiny

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      Large industrial cities

    • B. 

      Pasture land which cattle roamed

    • C. 

      Instant towns set up near mining centers

    • D. 

      Deserted, empty towns in the West

  • 3. 
    During the late 1800s, the federal government encouraged westward settlement by
    • A. 

      Paying farmers to grow certain crops

    • B. 

      Loaning money to U.S. citizens in the east at a very low interest rate.

    • C. 

      Giving land to Homesteaders.

    • D. 

      Honoring Native American territorial land claims.

  • 4. 
    The federal government supported the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad by 
    • A. 

      Offering railroad companies land along the tracks and subsidizing the construction cost.

    • B. 

      Giving away construction equipment.

    • C. 

      Allowing companies to build wherever they wanted.

    • D. 

      Excusing railroad builders from paying taxes.

  • 5. 
    • A. 

      Fewer workers were needed

    • B. 

      Expanding interstate trade nationwide

    • C. 

      Rapid rebuilding of the South after the Civil War

    • D. 

      Eliminating overseas trade with Europe

  • 6. 
    • A. 

      It caused western population to decrease rapidly.

    • B. 

      There was no longer a need for a railroad.

    • C. 

      The value of gold and silver decreased.

    • D. 

      It increased the flow of businesses and people to the West.

  • 7. 
    • A. 

      Settlers had an easy time farming the land of the Great Plains

    • B. 

      Settlers struggled to survive and had to work together

    • C. 

      Most women were afraid of sod homes

    • D. 

      Farmers enjoyed nice tanning weather

  • 8. 
    • A. 

      Steel plows

    • B. 

      The cotton gin

    • C. 

      Barbed wire fencing

    • D. 

      Windmills

  • 9. 
    The use of sod homes by farmers on the Plains is an example of
    • A. 

      How easy and luxurious farming life was

    • B. 

      One of the many factors that attracted people to the west

    • C. 

      The willingness of the government to settle the west

    • D. 

      How people adapt to their environment.

  • 10. 
    A landless settler eager to go West would likely have support the passage of the 
    • A. 

      Stamp Act

    • B. 

      Jim Crow Laws

    • C. 

      Homestead Act

    • D. 

      Dawes Act

  • 11. 
    • A. 

      Not enough crops were produced.

    • B. 

      They had a surplus of goods resulting in decreasing crop values.

    • C. 

      The price of their crops was too high.

    • D. 

      Natives were forced on to reservations.

  • 12. 
    • A. 

      To unite farmers so they could try to improve their economic problems.

    • B. 

      To decrease the number of farmers in the West.

    • C. 

      To try to decrease the price of their crops.

    • D. 

      To discourage people from moving west.

  • 13. 
    In the last half of the 19th century, the western frontier land 
    • A. 

      Increased in size

    • B. 

      Remained the same size

    • C. 

      Slowly disappeared

    • D. 

      Changed little.

  • 14. 
    All the follower were hardships or problems for Great Plains farmers EXCEPT
    • A. 

      A lack of cheap land.

    • B. 

      Severe winters

    • C. 

      Dry climate

    • D. 

      Lack of wood.

  • 15. 
    Throughout the late 1800s, which experience was shared by most Native Americans living in the western region of the US?
    • A. 

      They maintained control of their traditional lands.

    • B. 

      They benefited economically from government policy.

    • C. 

      They became farmers and small business owners.

    • D. 

      They were forced to live on reservations.

  • 16. 
    For most of their history, the needs of the Plains Native Americans were supplied by
    • A. 

      Farming

    • B. 

      Buffalo

    • C. 

      Fishing

    • D. 

      Horses

  • 17. 
    The term assimilate is best defined as
    • A. 

      The act of leaving one's homeland

    • B. 

      The talent to speak a variety of languages

    • C. 

      The ability to blend into a larger culture

    • D. 

      The desire to maintain one's old language and customs

  • 18. 
    A major source of conflict between Native Americans and the US government was their opposing views on 
    • A. 

      The importance of religion in daily life.

    • B. 

      The value of gold and silver.

    • C. 

      Educating the young for adulthood.

    • D. 

      Land ownership and use.

  • 19. 
    The history of Black Americans and Native Americans is similar in that both
    • A. 

      Settled only in the South.

    • B. 

      Were easily and fully accepted by Americans since the early 1800s.

    • C. 

      Were denied equality and fair treatment in American society.

    • D. 

      Wanted to abandon their culture to fully assimilate into the American way of life.

  • 20. 
    • A. 

      Railroads transported people and goods throughout the nation.

    • B. 

      The railroads gave away free land to those who asked

    • C. 

      The railroads provided free rides to passengers.

    • D. 

      Railroads helped Native Americans spread their culture.

  • 21. 
    • A. 

      The West was the best place to live in America

    • B. 

      The settling of the West was the most important era in our history.

    • C. 

      Native Americans were killed from wars between themselves and the US government.

    • D. 

      Being a cowboy was an easy and high paying job.

  • 22. 
    • A. 

      Declaring independence from Great Britain

    • B. 

      Deciding to end the War of 1812

    • C. 

      Acquiring western territory as a result of the Mexican-American War

    • D. 

      Annexing Hawaii and the Philippines

  • 23. 
    • A. 

      More states were added to the US

    • B. 

      The value of gold decreased.

    • C. 

      Fewer people settled in the west.

    • D. 

      The development of mining towns had no impact on the US

  • 24. 
    All following words describe what the experience was like for the workers of the transcontinental railroad, except
    • A. 

      Hazardous

    • B. 

      Risk free

    • C. 

      Poor pay

    • D. 

      Dangerous