By: Peggy L Henderson
For my article today, I thought I’d do something a little more interactive. How about a little trivia game? For my latest book, I did a lot of research about the Oregon Trail. How’s your knowledge about the trail?
These are multiple choice questions, and I will post the answers on Sunday. To make it fun, if you leave your answers in the comments, I’m giving away a kindle copy of my newest release, Come Home to Me – release date October 17, 2012 to the first commenter with the most correct answers. (be sure to include your contact information) Thanks for playing!
1. What was the major “jumping off” point of the Oregon Trail?
a. Council Bluffs, Iowa
b. Independence, Missouri
c. St. Louis, Missouri
2. What was considered the end of the trail in Oregon?
d. Oregon City
3. In what month did the pioneers prefer to begin their journey?
4. About how long is the Oregon Trail?
a. 1000 miles
b. 2000 miles
c. 3000 miles
d. 5000 miles
5. What were the two most common causes of death on the Oregon Trail?
a. Drowning and accidental gunshot wounds
b. Indian attacks and snake bites
c. Starvation and dehydration
6. What was the most common disease that killed the emigrants?
b. small pox
7. Which was the most difficult mountain range to cross?
a. Rocky Mountains
b. Sierra Nevadas
c. Blue Mountains
8. What is the name of the geological formation that the pioneers wanted to reach before July 4th to beat the winter snows?
a. Chimney Rock
b. Independence Rock
c. Scotts Bluff
d. Jail House Rock
9. Why were oxen preferred over horses to pull the wagons?
a. they are more docile
b. they are stronger
c. they can survive on poorer forage than horses
10. About how much did it cost the average family in the 1840’s and 1850’s to finance a trip on the Oregon Trail?
Thank you for playing!
Here’s the blurb to my newest book, Come Home to Me (Book 1 in the Second Chances Time Travel Romance Series)
Jake Owens is tired of life on his parents’ Montana ranch, catering to city folk who want a taste of old-fashioned country living. He enjoys life in the fast lane, with fast cars and even faster women. When he falls in with the wrong crowd and is accused of murder, a stranger’s bizarre offer at a second chance might be his only hope to clear his name.
Rachel Parker is highly devoted to her family. A tragedy prompts a daring move to the Oregon Territory for a fresh start in a new land. After meeting the wagon train’s scout, the meaning of a fresh start may be more than she ever imagined.
Jake can’t believe he’s been sent back in time to act as scout for a wagon train headed for Oregon, and given the added burden of keeping one emigrant woman safe during the journey. He and Rachel are confused by their attraction to each other. Jake’s ill-mannered, unconventional ways are overshadowed only by his notorious reputation. Rachel’s traditional values and quiet, responsible character are the complete opposite of what attracts Jake to a woman. When their forbidden attraction turns to love, what will happen at the end of the trail?