Part 2: The Great Dakota Boom

Questions: Section 5

Comprehension Questions

  1. What have the years 1878 to 1886 been called? What was settled during that time?
  2. A person from another country who comes into a country to live is called what?
  3. What was the peak year for homesteading?
  4. What were the two major factors that accounted for the settlement of North Dakota?
  5. Who could file land claims for the first time?
  6. What did the Northern Pacific Railroad have to sell to settlers?
  7. What structure did land agent Warren Hurd build for entertaining land buyers? What did this building have that was very rare at that time?
  8. A person who settles in an area that has not been occupied before, except by tribes, is called what?

Critical Thinking Question

  1. Do you think the railroad companies made a good business decision for themselves by selling their land so cheaply?