Westward Expansion Unit Test

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Westward Expansion Unit Test

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What was the name of the city that was called "The Gateway to the West"?
    • A. 

      Columbus, Ohio

    • B. 

      Kansas City, Kansas

    • C. 

      St. Louis, Missouri

    • D. 

      Omaha, Nebraska

  • 2. 
    What ways  did the Transcontinental Railroad help pioneers and settlers?
    • A. 

      It made it easier to travel the world.

    • B. 

      Travel to the west became faster and cheaper.

    • C. 

      It helped get the riflemen to the buffalo so they could kill them.

    • D. 

      It slowed down the speed of settlers getting out west.

  • 3. 
    Why was the Great Plains  called the "Great American Desert"?
    • A. 

      The was dry (arid), hot, and the land was flat.

    • B. 

      There were a lot of desert animals living there.

    • C. 

      You could get any type of cake you wanted.

    • D. 

      They did not have windmills out West.

  • 4. 
    How did the windmill help pioneers  out west?
    • A. 

      It brought electricity to the Great Plains.

    • B. 

      It powered the generators for farmers.

    • C. 

      It pumped water from underground to the crops for farmers to use.

    • D. 

      They did not have windmills out West.

  • 5. 
    What are some of the rivers  that pioneers  had to traverse or cross on their journey out West?  (CHOOSE 4)
    • A. 

      Colorado River

    • B. 

      Snake River

    • C. 

      Carolina River

    • D. 

      Mississippi River

    • E. 

      Cooper River

    • F. 

      Columbia River

  • 6. 
    What were 3 challenges that pioneers faced as they traveled out West?
    • A. 

      Hot and dry drought

    • B. 

      Blizzards in the mountains

    • C. 

      Hurricanes in the oceans

    • D. 

      Spring floods and rushing rivers

    • E. 

      Tsunamis under the ocean

  • 7. 
    Boom Towns turned into what after gold and silver was no longer found?
    • A. 

      Surburbs

    • B. 

      Vacant empty alleys

    • C. 

      Ghost towns

    • D. 

      No man's land

  • 8. 
    Miners cooperated and worked together when trying to find gold and silver?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    What was the main reason that cowboys and farmers got into arguements on the Great Plains when it dealt with cattle?
    • A. 

      Who should get to use the water from the windmills.

    • B. 

      Fences being built blocking cowboys from delivering their cattle to the trains.

    • C. 

      Farmers and cowboys arguing about how much the land should cost.

    • D. 

      Farmers and cowboys arguing about who gets to keep the cattle.

  • 10. 
    How did railroad companies that hired Asian Immigrants treat them while they were working on building the railroad?
    • A. 

      Kindly and with respect

    • B. 

      Paid them extra for their hard work.

    • C. 

      Cussed and spit on them while they worked.

    • D. 

      Discriminated against and paid less because of their race.

  • 11. 
    The riflemen on the Transcontinental Railroad were paid to guard the trains and protect the bison on their land.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    Coal burning engines had a positive (good) impact on the environment because the engines required less fuel to run.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    Smoke and waste from meat processing plants polluted the air and water.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    What was discovered in the Black Hills that forces the Native Americans to move off their land?
    • A. 

      Diamonds and gems

    • B. 

      Oil

    • C. 

      Pirate treasure

    • D. 

      Silver and gold

  • 15. 
    Westward Expansion had a positive impact on Native Americans because they all managed to get along peacefully.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    Life on reservations was easy living for Native Americans.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    When the Mexican Americans lost the Mexican-American War what was the effect on the Mexicans that lived on that land?
    • A. 

      They had to give up their rights and ownership of their land.

    • B. 

      They were forced into slavery.

    • C. 

      They became very rich when the US Government paid them for their land.

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