Lewis And Clark Expedition

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Lewis And Clark Expedition - Quiz

This quiz addresses 5th grade learning expectations concerning the exploration of the Louisiana Purchase territory by Merriwether Lewis and William Clark in the early 1800's.  


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Who was President at the time of the Louisiana Purchase?

    • A.

      George Washington

    • B.

      Thomas Jefferson

    • C.

      Abraham Lincoln

    • D.

      John Adams

    Correct Answer
    B. Thomas Jefferson
    Explanation
    Thomas Jefferson was the President at the time of the Louisiana Purchase. He served as the third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809. During his presidency, Jefferson authorized the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, which doubled the size of the United States by acquiring the vast territory from France. This significant acquisition opened up new opportunities for westward expansion and secured American control over the Mississippi River and the port of New Orleans. Jefferson's role in the Louisiana Purchase is considered one of the most important achievements of his presidency.

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  • 2. 

    The United States purchases the Lousiana Territory from which country?

    • A.

      Germany

    • B.

      Spain

    • C.

      France

    • D.

      England

    Correct Answer
    C. France
    Explanation
    The correct answer is France because in 1803, the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France. This was known as the Louisiana Purchase and it doubled the size of the United States.

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  • 3. 

    Lewis and Clark began and ended their journey at a city on the banks of the Mississippi River. Now known as the "Gateway to the West," what city is this?

    • A.

      Chicago

    • B.

      New Orleans

    • C.

      Fort Smith

    • D.

      Saint Louis

    Correct Answer
    D. Saint Louis
    Explanation
    Saint Louis is the correct answer because it is the city where Lewis and Clark began and ended their journey on the banks of the Mississippi River. It is now known as the "Gateway to the West" due to its historical significance as a starting point for westward exploration and expansion in the United States.

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  • 4. 

    What year did the explorers begin their travels?

    • A.

      1804

    • B.

      1904

    • C.

      1774

    • D.

      1864

    Correct Answer
    A. 1804
    Explanation
    The explorers began their travels in 1804.

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  • 5. 

    Who was Sacajawea?

    • A.

      A young slave who Lewis and Clark met in Saint Louis

    • B.

      A Shoshone woman who helped guide the explorers

    • C.

      A mountain man who showed the explorers how to trap wild game

    • D.

      An Indian chief who traded goods with Lewis and Clark

    Correct Answer
    B. A Shoshone woman who helped guide the explorers
    Explanation
    Sacajawea was a Shoshone woman who played a significant role in helping to guide the explorers, Lewis and Clark. She acted as an interpreter, translator, and mediator during their expedition, providing essential knowledge of the terrain, resources, and indigenous tribes they encountered. Her presence and assistance were invaluable in establishing peaceful relations with Native American tribes and securing vital supplies for the expedition's success. Sacajawea's contributions were crucial in facilitating communication and navigation, making her an essential member of the exploration team.

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  • 6. 

    Which was the river most traveled by Lewis and Clark during their exploration of the Louisiana Territory?

    • A.

      The Ohio River

    • B.

      The Mississippi River

    • C.

      The Arkansas River

    • D.

      The Missouri River

    Correct Answer
    D. The Missouri River
    Explanation
    Lewis and Clark traveled the most on the Missouri River during their exploration of the Louisiana Territory. This river was their main route as they ventured westward, and they relied on it for transportation and navigation. The Missouri River is the longest river in North America and played a crucial role in their journey, allowing them to explore and map vast areas of the territory.

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  • 7. 

    How many years did the Lewis and Clark expedition last?

    • A.

      Less than one year

    • B.

      A little more than two years

    • C.

      Over five years

    • D.

      Almost ten years

    Correct Answer
    B. A little more than two years
    Explanation
    The Lewis and Clark expedition lasted a little more than two years. This famous expedition, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, took place from 1804 to 1806. The goal of the expedition was to explore and map the newly acquired western territory of the United States, known as the Louisiana Purchase. They traveled from St. Louis, Missouri, all the way to the Pacific Ocean, documenting new plant and animal species, establishing relations with Native American tribes, and gathering valuable information about the geography and resources of the region.

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  • 8. 

    Which of these was NOT  a goal of the Lewis and Clark expedition?

    • A.

      Search for a water route to the Pacific Ocean

    • B.

      Establish relationships with the Native Americans

    • C.

      Pay close attention to the soil and face of the country

    • D.

      Conquer any Indian tribes and move them to Indian Territory

    Correct Answer
    D. Conquer any Indian tribes and move them to Indian Territory
    Explanation
    The Lewis and Clark expedition had several goals, including searching for a water route to the Pacific Ocean, establishing relationships with Native Americans, and paying close attention to the soil and face of the country. However, conquering any Indian tribes and moving them to Indian Territory was not one of their goals. Their mission was primarily focused on exploration, scientific discovery, and establishing trade relationships with Native American tribes.

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