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Do you know everything about the Louisiana Purchase? Do you think you can pass this quiz? The Louisiana Purchase is crucial because it gave the United States command of the Mississippi River along with the port city of New Orleans, both of which were used by farmers to ship their crops and get paid. Taking this quiz will help you learn more about the Louisiana Purchase.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

     Who leads the expedition of the Louisiana purchase?

    • A.

      Lewis and Clark

    • B.

      Lewis and Jefferson

    • C.

      Jefferson and Monroe

    • D.

      Monroe and Livingston

    Correct Answer
    A. Lewis and Clark
    Explanation
    Lewis and Clark led the expedition of the Louisiana purchase. This famous expedition, also known as the Corps of Discovery, was commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson in 1804. Lewis and Clark were chosen to explore the newly acquired territory and find a water route to the Pacific Ocean. They embarked on their journey from St. Louis and spent over two years traveling through the western wilderness, documenting the flora, fauna, and geography of the region. Their expedition played a crucial role in expanding knowledge of the American West and establishing American claims to the territory.

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  • 2. 

    Who was the Shoshone woman that served as an interpreter?

    • A.

      Sacagawea

    • B.

      Jean Baptist

    • C.

      Lewis

    • D.

      Clark

    Correct Answer
    A. Sacagawea
    Explanation
    Sacagawea was a Shoshone woman who served as an interpreter during the Lewis and Clark expedition. She played a crucial role in helping the expedition communicate with various Native American tribes they encountered along their journey. Sacagawea's knowledge of the land and her ability to speak multiple languages made her an invaluable asset to the expedition.

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  • 3. 

    How much did the U.S. pay for the Louisiana territory?

    • A.

      10 million

    • B.

      15 million

    • C.

      25 million

    • D.

      3,000

    Correct Answer
    B. 15 million
    Explanation
    The U.S. paid 15 million for the Louisiana territory. This was the agreed amount in the Louisiana Purchase, a land deal between the U.S. and France in 1803. The purchase doubled the size of the U.S. and gave them control of the Mississippi River and New Orleans port, which were crucial for trade and westward expansion. The price of 15 million was considered a bargain, as it equated to about 3 cents per acre for the vast land area acquired.

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  • 4. 

    Who was the president during the purchase?

    • A.

      George Washington

    • B.

      James Monroe

    • C.

      John Adams

    • D.

      Thomas Jefferson

    Correct Answer
    D. Thomas Jefferson
    Explanation
    Thomas Jefferson was the president during the purchase. This refers to the Louisiana Purchase, which took place in 1803. Jefferson was the president of the United States from 1801 to 1809 and it was during his presidency that the Louisiana Purchase was negotiated and completed. This historic event doubled the size of the United States, as the country acquired a vast territory from France. Jefferson's administration saw the opportunity and importance of expanding the nation's territory, which ultimately led to the purchase.

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  • 5. 

    How much money did congress allocate for supplies?

    • A.

      1,500

    • B.

      2,000

    • C.

      2,500

    • D.

      3,000

    Correct Answer
    C. 2,500
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 2,500. This suggests that the Congress allocated a total of 2,500 units of currency (which is not specified) for supplies.

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  • 6. 

    What was the river Lewis and Clark followed?

    • A.

      Missouri river

    • B.

      Mississippi river

    • C.

      Ohio river

    • D.

      Saco river

    Correct Answer
    A. Missouri river
    Explanation
    Lewis and Clark followed the Missouri River. This river was a crucial part of their expedition as it served as their main route to explore and map the western territories of the United States. They started their journey near St. Louis, Missouri and traveled upstream, encountering various challenges and obstacles along the way. The Missouri River played a significant role in their successful exploration of the American West.

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  • 7. 

    Who was the only member of the crew to die along the trip?

    • A.

      Charles Floyd

    • B.

      John Ordway

    • C.

      Patrick Gass

    • D.

      Nathaniel Pryor

    Correct Answer
    A. Charles Floyd
    Explanation
    Charles Floyd was the only member of the crew to die along the trip.

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  • 8. 

    What animal did the expedition flush out of its hole with water?

    • A.

      Mag pie

    • B.

      Bird

    • C.

      Prairie dog

    • D.

      Fish

    Correct Answer
    C. Prairie dog
    Explanation
    The correct answer is prairie dog. Prairie dogs are known for living in burrows or holes in the ground, and they often create complex underground tunnel systems. It is not uncommon for prairie dogs to be flushed out of their holes with water during certain expeditions or research activities. This method helps researchers observe and study their behavior or collect data about their populations. Therefore, prairie dog is the most suitable answer for the animal that the expedition flushed out of its hole with water.

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  • 9. 

    What was Lewis' dog named?

    • A.

      Sophie

    • B.

      Suzie

    • C.

      Sandy

    • D.

      Seaman

    Correct Answer
    D. Seaman
    Explanation
    Lewis' dog was named Seaman.

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  • 10. 

    York was a slave, who was his owner?

    • A.

      William Clark

    • B.

      Meriwether Lewis

    • C.

      Charles Floyd

    • D.

      Sacagawea

    Correct Answer
    A. William Clark
    Explanation
    York was a slave owned by William Clark.

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  • 11. 

    What was the mountain chain the expedition had to go through?

    • A.

      Maine mtns

    • B.

      Rocky mtns

    • C.

      Red mtns

    Correct Answer
    B. Rocky mtns
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Rocky mtns. This suggests that the expedition had to go through the Rocky Mountains.

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  • 12. 

    What does it mean to portage?

    • A.

      Carry your boat

    • B.

      Eat food

    • C.

      Dump waste

    • D.

      Go through white water

    Correct Answer
    A. Carry your boat
    Explanation
    Portage refers to the act of carrying a boat or other heavy objects over land, typically between bodies of water. It is a common practice in areas where waterways are interrupted by obstacles such as rapids, waterfalls, or shallow sections. Portaging allows boaters to bypass these obstacles and continue their journey on the water. Therefore, the correct answer is "carry your boat."

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