Surviving the Dust Bowl Questions

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Teachers, Surviving the Dust Bowl is a documentary about a dark time in our history that caused death and destruction for almost 10 years. The following questions will ensure students were attentively listening and allow them to formulate opinions on how the situation was handled.

Surviving The Dust Bowl

Surviving The Dust Bowl is a documentary about the worst dust storm in American history. Many who lived during this time provided detailed accounts of their life. These questions require students to recall specific information about the documentary.

Life Before the Dust

  • Before the dust storms, what type of agriculture was grown?
  • Identify the states in the Southern Plains as outline in the documentary.
  • Describe how states lured farmers to the Southern Plains prior to the dust bowl. In your response, list the advertising methods utilized to promote the lush lands.
  • What were 'suitcase farmers?'
  • What commodity were the farmers encouraged to grow as a result of WWI prior to the dust bowl? Why?
  • What timeframe were tractors introduced and how many more acres could be plowed with tractors than a team of horses?

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