World Famous Explorers! Trivia Facts Quiz

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World Famous Explorers! Trivia Facts Quiz

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Exploration of North America is thought to have started with the Vikings.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    On his first exploration to find a shorter route to The Far East, columbus landed on the East Coast of the United States.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    Spanish explorers in the New World fell into one of two categories: conqistadors or missionaries.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    Juan Rrodriquez Cabrillo discovered the Straits of Anian, a waterway that connected The Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean through North America.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    When Cortez reached South America, he found that no one lived there.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    Which of the following was not a reason that early explorers set out on expeditions?
    • A. 

      To find new trade routes.

    • B. 

      To claim land for their country.

    • C. 

      To find religious freedom.

    • D. 

      To look for long lost relatives.

  • 7. 
    Europeans wanted a water route to Asia because
    • A. 

      There was no way to get there by land.

    • B. 

      The Muslims prevented them from trading by land.

    • C. 

      They wanted a new adventure.

  • 8. 
    Who was the first to realize that Columbus had landed on a new continent instead of Asia.
    • A. 

      John Cabot

    • B. 

      Amerigo Vespucci

    • C. 

      Queen Isabella of Spain

  • 9. 
    Which European country was the most aggressive in claiming land on the new continent.
    • A. 

      Spain

    • B. 

      Portugal

    • C. 

      England

    • D. 

      France

  • 10. 
    The fist permanent European settlement in what is now The United States was:
    • A. 

      French bulit New Orleans

    • B. 

      Spanish built St. Augustine

    • C. 

      English built Plymouth

  • 11. 
    Why did Europeans want a sea route to Asia?
    • A. 

      Muslims gained control of the land route.

    • B. 

      Rulers of China blocked the land routes.

    • C. 

      Harsh weather made travel difficult.

    • D. 

      Horses and camels were required on the land routes.

  • 12. 
    What is one way Henry the Navigator changed Europeans' view of the world?
    • A. 

      He sailed to the Spice Islands.

    • B. 

      He started a school for sailors in Portugal.

    • C. 

      He explored the coast of Brazil.

    • D. 

      He sent people to establish colonies.

  • 13. 
    Marco Polo
    • A. 

      Sailed around the world.

    • B. 

      Discovered America.

    • C. 

      Established an overland trade route with Asia.

    • D. 

      Started the first school for sailors.

  • 14. 
    America was named after
    • A. 

      The American Indian

    • B. 

      Amerigo Vespucci

    • C. 

      Christopher Columbus

    • D. 

      Augustus Ceaser

  • 15. 
    The first ship to sail around the world belonged to:
    • A. 

      Ferdinand Magellan

    • B. 

      Christopher Newport

    • C. 

      Amerigo Vespucci

    • D. 

      Ponce de Leon

  • 16. 
    Ponce de Leon explored the area now known as: 
    • A. 

      California

    • B. 

      North Carolina

    • C. 

      Texas

    • D. 

      Florida

  • 17. 
    Christopher Columbus believed:
    • A. 

      That the earth was flat

    • B. 

      That he could discover a new continent

    • C. 

      That he could sail west to reach Asia

    • D. 

      That he could invent a better compass

  • 18. 
    The first permanent European settlement was located in: 
    • A. 

      Virginia

    • B. 

      Florida

    • C. 

      Texas

    • D. 

      California

  • 19. 
    Christopher Newport was from:
    • A. 

      France

    • B. 

      Spain

    • C. 

      Portugal

    • D. 

      England

  • 20. 
    Lief Erickson was the first explorer to:
    • A. 

      Travel to Asia

    • B. 

      Sail around the world

    • C. 

      Land in North America

    • D. 

      Establish a colony in New York