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Go West, Young Woman!

Feb 28 2010
Instructions
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It’s Women’s History Month, a good time to remember that women, as well as men, settled the West—and recorded their experiences. Answer the following questions on excerpts from the records of 19th-century (and one early 20th-century) women.


  1. It was after dark when we came in sight of the camp and a dismal looking it is the tents are all huddled in together and the wagons are interspersed some are singing and laughing some are praying children crying &c. every sound may be heard from one tent to another . . .

    This entry comes from a diary recording one woman’s experience on:
    A.

    The Trail of Tears

    B.

    The Oregon Trail

    C.

    The Mormon Trail

    D.

    The Freedom Trail


  2. There were no battlefields, but over every mile of the long trail stalked the shadow of death. And what was waiting to greet us in [. . .]? A wilderness marked by faint trails of wild Indian feet (wilder than wild animals that would tear with bloody claws) and slow, agonizing death caused by the poison fangs of rattlesnakes who were in countless numbers.

    This paragraph from a memoir by a female pioneer describes which state?
    A.

    Nevada

    B.

    California

    C.

    Utah

    D.

    Oregon


  3. We all take names - Wajapa names me, Ma-she-ha-the. It means, The motion of eagle as he sweeps high in the air. He gives me the name of his family and band. He belongs to the eagle family. Ma-she means high, ha-the means eagle.

    In this diary extract, a woman is describing an encounter with which Native American group?
    A.

    The Dakota Sioux

    B.

    The Wampanoag

    C.

    The Zuni

    D.

    The Aleut



  4. In this image, a female photographer captures a scene in what city?
    A.

    Denver

    B.

    San Francisco

    C.

    Seattle

    D.

    Santa Fe