Do You Know Why Europeans Came To North America? Quiz

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The Europeans migrated to America for controlling and expanding their wealth as well as broadening their power over world affairs. Spanish was the first Europeans who explored the New World and first settled in the United States. In the year 1650, England formed an authoritative occupancy on the Atlantic coast. This quiz has been developing to test your knowledge about changes and effects after the invasion of Europeans in North America. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The original Americans came from...

    • A.

      Africa.

    • B.

      Asia.

    • C.

      Middle East.

    • D.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    B. Asia.
    Explanation
    The original Americans came from Asia. This is supported by scientific evidence and archaeological findings, including the discovery of ancient human remains and artifacts in North and South America that closely resemble those found in Asia. The migration of these early humans is believed to have occurred over a land bridge called Beringia, which connected present-day Siberia and Alaska during the last Ice Age. As the climate warmed, these early settlers gradually spread and populated the Americas, giving rise to the indigenous peoples of the continent.

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  • 2. 

    Which of the following European nations were involved in exploring

    • A.

      Spain.

    • B.

      The Netherlands (Holland).

    • C.

      France.

    • D.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above.
    Explanation
    All of the above options - Spain, the Netherlands (Holland), and France - were involved in exploring. These European nations played significant roles in the Age of Exploration, with Spain being one of the pioneers in exploration and colonization, the Netherlands establishing a vast trading empire, and France also participating in exploration and colonization efforts. Therefore, the correct answer is All of the above.

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  • 3. 

    RAW MATERIALS are...

    • A.

      Natural resources used by people.

    • B.

      The native people of Alaska.

    • C.

      Tables, Automobiles, cell phones.

    • D.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    A. Natural resources used by people.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Natural resources used by people." This answer is supported by the definition of raw materials, which are the basic materials or substances used in the production or manufacturing of goods. Natural resources, such as minerals, timber, and water, are examples of raw materials that are extracted from the environment and transformed into finished products. The other options, such as the native people of Alaska or specific products like tables, automobiles, and cell phones, do not encompass the broader concept of raw materials.

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  • 4. 

    England began colonizing North America in...

    • A.

      1492.

    • B.

      Early 1500's.

    • C.

      Late 1500's and early 1600's.

    • D.

      1776.

    Correct Answer
    C. Late 1500's and early 1600's.
    Explanation
    In the late 1500's and early 1600's, England began colonizing North America. This period is known as the English colonization of America and it involved the establishment of permanent settlements such as Jamestown in 1607 and Plymouth in 1620. During this time, England sought to expand its influence and gain resources from the New World. The colonization efforts led to the eventual establishment of the thirteen English colonies, which played a significant role in the shaping of the United States.

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  • 5. 

    Europeans came to North America for three reasons; Religious freedom, Adventure, and...

    • A.

      Tobacco.

    • B.

      Slavery.

    • C.

      War.

    • D.

      Economic Freedom.

    Correct Answer
    D. Economic Freedom.
    Explanation
    The Europeans came to North America not only for religious freedom and adventure but also for economic freedom. They sought opportunities to establish new businesses, trade routes, and acquire wealth. Economic prosperity was a significant motivator for colonization as Europeans saw North America as a land of economic potential with abundant resources and potential markets. The establishment of colonies allowed them to exploit these resources, establish trade networks, and pursue economic opportunities that were limited in their home countries.

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  • 6. 

    Jamestown, Virginia was saved by four things; Learning to grow tobacco from natives, John Smith, the arrival of Women, and...

    • A.

      The arrival of the first slaves from Africa.

    • B.

      Workers from Boston.

    • C.

      A large arsenal of weapons.

    • D.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    A. The arrival of the first slaves from Africa.
    Explanation
    The arrival of the first slaves from Africa saved Jamestown, Virginia because they provided a cheap and abundant labor force for the tobacco plantations. The introduction of African slaves allowed the colonists to greatly expand their tobacco production, which became the main source of wealth in the colony. Without the arrival of slaves, Jamestown may not have been able to sustain its economy and thrive as it did.

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  • 7. 

    An example of democracy in Virginia would be...

    • A.

      Allowing slaves to vote.

    • B.

      Allowing women to vote.

    • C.

      Creation of the House of Burgesses.

    • D.

      Enslaving Native-Americans.

    Correct Answer
    C. Creation of the House of Burgesses.
    Explanation
    The House of Burgesses was an example of democracy in Virginia because it was the first legislative assembly in the American colonies. It allowed for elected representatives to make laws and govern the colony, giving the people a voice in the decision-making process. This was a significant step towards self-governance and the establishment of democratic principles in Virginia.

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  • 8. 

    The Separatists arrived in Massachusetts in...

    • A.

      1776.

    • B.

      1770.

    • C.

      1700.

    • D.

      1620.

    Correct Answer
    D. 1620.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 1620. The Separatists arrived in Massachusetts in 1620. This refers to the arrival of the Pilgrims on the Mayflower, who established the Plymouth Colony. They came to America seeking religious freedom and played a significant role in the early colonization of the region.

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  • 9. 

    The Separatists are also known as the...

    • A.

      Puritans.

    • B.

      Pilgrims.

    • C.

      Burgesses.

    • D.

      Bad Boys from Boston.

    Correct Answer
    B. Pilgrims.
    Explanation
    The Separatists, who were a group of English Protestants, are also known as the Pilgrims. They were called Pilgrims because they embarked on a religious journey seeking freedom from the Church of England and establishing a new colony in America. This group of individuals, led by William Bradford, arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 and settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts. They played a significant role in the early colonization of America and their story is intertwined with the history of Thanksgiving.

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  • 10. 

    The Separatists were taught how to survive in New England by...

    • A.

      The Wampanoags.

    • B.

      The Puritans.

    • C.

      The Pilgrims.

    • D.

      The Rappahonicks.

    Correct Answer
    A. The Wampanoags.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the Wampanoags. The Wampanoags taught the Separatists how to survive in New England. The Wampanoags were a Native American tribe who had been living in the region for centuries and had extensive knowledge of the land, resources, and survival techniques. They taught the Separatists important skills such as farming, fishing, and hunting, which were crucial for their survival in the harsh New England environment. The Wampanoags also helped the Separatists establish peaceful relations with other Native American tribes in the area, which was essential for their long-term survival and success in the New World.

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  • 11. 

    The Puritans settled in...

    • A.

      Plymouth, Massachusetts.

    • B.

      Boston, Massachusetts.

    • C.

      Salem, Massachusetts.

    • D.

      Jamestown, Virginia.

    Correct Answer
    C. Salem, Massachusetts.
    Explanation
    The Puritans settled in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem was one of the earliest settlements established by the Puritans in the New World. They sought to create a religiously pure society based on their strict interpretation of Christianity. Salem became known for the infamous Salem Witch Trials in 1692, where numerous people were accused and convicted of witchcraft. This event has since become a significant part of American history and is often associated with the Puritan settlement in Salem.

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  • 12. 

    Puritans arrived in...

    • A.

      1620.

    • B.

      1630.

    • C.

      1700.

    • D.

      1776.

    Correct Answer
    B. 1630.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 1630. The Puritans arrived in America in 1630. They were a group of English Protestants who sought religious freedom and established the Massachusetts Bay Colony. They played a significant role in the early history of the United States, shaping its culture and values. The arrival of the Puritans marked a significant milestone in American history and had a lasting impact on the development of the country.

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  • 13. 

    The leader of the Puritans was...

    • A.

      John Winthrop.

    • B.

      John Smith.

    • C.

      Squanto.

    • D.

      Chief Powhattan.

    Correct Answer
    A. John Winthrop.
    Explanation
    John Winthrop was the leader of the Puritans. The Puritans were a group of English Protestants who sought to purify the Church of England from within. Winthrop was a prominent figure in the Puritan community and played a crucial role in the establishment of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He served as the colony's governor for several terms and was instrumental in shaping its religious and political direction. His leadership and influence made him the clear choice as the leader of the Puritans.

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  • 14. 

    The Mayflower Compact was signed by...

    • A.

      The Puritans.

    • B.

      The Separatists.

    • C.

      The House of Burgesses.

    • D.

      The Wampanoags.

    Correct Answer
    B. The Separatists.
    Explanation
    The Mayflower Compact was signed by the Separatists. The Mayflower Compact was a document created and signed by the passengers of the Mayflower ship in 1620. It established a basic form of government and a set of laws for the Plymouth Colony. The Separatists, also known as Pilgrims, were a group of English Protestants who wanted to separate from the Church of England. They were seeking religious freedom and were the ones who settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The Mayflower Compact was an important step in establishing self-governance and cooperation among the Separatists in the New World.

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  • 15. 

    Both the Separatists and the Puritans came to North America for...

    • A.

      Adventure.

    • B.

      Economic Freedom.

    • C.

      Religious Freedom.

    • D.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    C. Religious Freedom.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is religious freedom because both the Separatists and the Puritans sought to escape religious persecution in England and establish their own communities where they could freely practice their religious beliefs. They were seeking a place where they could worship and live according to their own religious convictions without interference or oppression from the government or the Church of England. This motivation is evident in the establishment of colonies such as Plymouth by the Separatists and Massachusetts Bay by the Puritans, where religious freedom was a central principle.

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  • 16. 

    The Puritans elected and governed themselves with...

    • A.

      A Governor and House of Burgesses.

    • B.

      A Governor and a city council.

    • C.

      A Governor and a General Court.

    • D.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    C. A Governor and a General Court.
    Explanation
    The Puritans elected and governed themselves with a Governor and a General Court. The General Court was a representative assembly where Puritan leaders were elected to make decisions and pass laws. The Governor was the executive leader who was responsible for enforcing the laws and overseeing the administration of the colony. This system allowed for a combination of elected representatives and executive leadership, ensuring that the Puritans had a voice in their governance while also maintaining order and authority.

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  • 17. 

    Tens of thousands of people came to North America in the 1630's.  This was known as....

    • A.

      The Great Migration.

    • B.

      The Enlightenment.

    • C.

      The Great Awakening.

    • D.

      The Great Boat Ride.

    Correct Answer
    A. The Great Migration.
    Explanation
    During the 1630s, a significant number of individuals migrated to North America, which became known as the Great Migration. This event involved tens of thousands of people relocating to the New World, primarily from England, in search of religious freedom and economic opportunities. The Great Migration played a crucial role in shaping the demographic and cultural landscape of North America during that time period.

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  • 18. 

    English people brought with them two ideas of democracy from British history.  These were...

    • A.

      The right of ALL people to vote.

    • B.

      The right of slaves to vote after seven years of service.

    • C.

      The English Bill of Rights and the Magna Carta.

    • D.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    C. The English Bill of Rights and the Magna Carta.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the English Bill of Rights and the Magna Carta. These two documents were brought by the English people to America and influenced the ideas of democracy. The English Bill of Rights, enacted in 1689, established certain rights and liberties for the people, including the right to fair and speedy trials and freedom from cruel and unusual punishment. The Magna Carta, signed in 1215, laid the foundation for limited government and the rule of law. These ideas of individual rights and limitations on government power were important in shaping the democratic principles of the United States.

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  • 19. 

    Who were the only people allowed to vote in the colonies?

    • A.

      White, male landowners.

    • B.

      All white men.

    • C.

      All men, white and African-American.

    • D.

      All men except Native-Americans.

    Correct Answer
    A. White, male landowners.
    Explanation
    In the colonies, only white, male landowners were allowed to vote. This means that individuals had to meet three criteria in order to have the right to vote: they had to be white, they had to be male, and they had to own land. This restricted voting rights to a small portion of the population, excluding women, people of color, and those who did not own land. The restriction of voting rights to white, male landowners was a common practice during this time period and reflected the prevailing social and political norms.

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  • 20. 

    A "written set of rules for government to follow" is a...

    • A.

      Government.

    • B.

      House of Burgesses.

    • C.

      Constitution.

    • D.

      General Court.

    Correct Answer
    C. Constitution.
    Explanation
    A "written set of rules for government to follow" refers to a constitution. A constitution is a legal document that outlines the fundamental principles, structures, and powers of a government. It serves as a framework for governance and provides guidelines for the functioning of the government, including the rights and responsibilities of its citizens. The other options, such as Government, House of Burgesses, and General Court, do not specifically represent a written set of rules for government, making them incorrect choices.

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