The Round-Up is a story written by
Theodore Roosevelt, former President of the United States. First printed in April 1888,
the article is a first hand account of what it was like to work cattle in the 1880s.
Although Roosevelt was not a full time cowboy or rancher, the time he spent on his ranch
near Medora, North Dakota was special to him. Read the article and then test your
- When is the bulk of a
cowboys work done, according to the article?
- Where were cattle driven
from Texas? The article mentions two possible destinations.
- How many miles a day did
cattle average on the drives north from Texas?
- Why, according to
Roosevelt, is the spring round-up the great event of the season?
- What characteristics are
required of the captain or foreman of the round-up?
- What is the four-horse
wagon used for?
- What do
- How many ponies does each
cowboy use to round up cattle?
- What is a bronco?
- Describe some of the
problems of sleeping in wet weather.
- On days when there was no
regular work, what kinds of games did cowboys play to show off their
- How is the moral tone of
a cow camp different than that among other workers?
- How are the saddle horses
kept from running away in the middle of the night?
- What did cowboys eat for
breakfast? According to the author, how important was breakfast?
- What does it mean to cut
out from a herd of cattle?
- According to Roosevelt,
who make the best cattle ropers?
- Generally describe the
scene at branding time.
- What kind of formation is
best when driving cattle, strung out in long lines or bunched up together?
- What might cause a cattle
herd to stampede?
- Describe what happened
during the terrible winter of 1886-87