WONDER #2914: What Was the Dawes Act?

Question 1 of 3

The Dawes Act was passed because . . .

  1. Settlers were moving West and wanted more land.
  2. The government wanted American Indians to assimilate into U.S. culture.
  3. There were increasing conflicts over land between settlers and American Indians.
  4. All of the above.

Question 2 of 3

What was the perspective of the U.S. government?

  1. Everyone should own land communally instead of individually.
  2. American Indians should have more land.
  3. American Indians should live on small farms or ranches as settlers did.
  4. Settlers should fight American Indians for their land.

Question 3 of 3

What is NOT a synonym for the word tribe?

  1. settler
  2. nation
  3. ethnic group
  4. people

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