Part 3: North Dakota Pioneers

Questions: Section 8

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who contributed to the success of the homestead?
  2. Name some items that usually needed to be purchased during the first years on a homestead claim.
  3. What did early homesteaders gather to sell for $8 to $12 a ton?
  4. Who was generally in charge of milking cows and raising poultry? How often did cows need to be milked?
  5. What did women make out of lye, animal fat, and rain water?
  6. What household tasks did bachelors learn to do themselves?
  7. Name some jobs often held by single women.
  8. Name some of the earliest chores given to children.

Critical Thinking Questions

  1. Imagine you were a pioneer child on a homestead. Describe how your life would be different from what it is today. Remember the expectations of a 10-year-old child.
  2. If you were a pioneer child, would you rather live on a homestead or in town? Explain.