Part 1: North Dakota Agriculture

Questions: Sections 9-10

Comprehension Questions

  1. What two major factors accounted for the settlement of North Dakota by Euro-Americans?
  2. What were the two transcontinental railroad lines that crossed North Dakota? Which railroad line crossed the state diagonally?
  3. What provided the main source of power on pioneer farms?
  4. Who was generally in charge of milking the cows and taking care of the chickens?
  5. Name the major grains raised by pioneer farmers.
  6. Which machines were used to prepare the ground and seed the crops? Which machines were used for harvesting?
  7. What were some of the jobs of young children at threshing time?
  8. What was the cheapest and most available feed for horses and cattle? What other feeds were used?

Critical Thinking Question

  1. Explain why pioneer farmers, driving horses, needed to take longer breaks during the day and quit working earlier in the evening than farmers do today.