Homestead Act and Land Rush

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Homestead Act and Land Rush.

1. What did the Homestead Act give to U.S. citizens?
a. Wood to build homes
b. Cash
c. Land
d. Food
e. Jobs to the unemployed

2. Who was eligible to receive a Homestead?
a. Women
b. Men
c. Former slaves
d. Immigrants
e. All of the above

3. What was it called when people raced to get the best plots of land?
a. Horse race
b. Land rush
c. Sooner
d. Gold rush
e. Homestead

4. What nickname was given to people who snuck onto land to claim it early?
a. Sooners
b. Sneakers
c. Okies
d. Early birds
e. Landers

5. How many acres of land did a homesteader get under the Homestead Act of 1862?
a. 1
b. 3
c. 18
d. 160
e. 500

6. According to the article, why did the U.S. government create the Homestead Act?
a. To help fight the Native Americans
b. To encourage people to move out west
c. To put lazy people to work
d. They wanted to be nice
e. None of the above

7. True or False: Homesteading is still a popular way to get land in the U.S. today?

8. How long did people have to live on the land in order to keep it?
a. 6 months
b. 1 year
c. 3 years
d. 5 years
e. 15 years

9. What president signed the Homestead Act?
a. John Adams
b. Abraham Lincoln
c. James K. Polk
d. James A. Garfield
e. Bill Clinton

10. True or False: Northerners wanted small farmers to own the land in the Midwest to try and keep out slavery.

About this quiz: All the questions on this quiz are based on information that can be found on the Homestead Act and Land Rush page at /history/westward_expansion/homestead_act_land_rush.php.

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