The Westward Expansion History Quiz

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Westward Expansion Quizzes & Trivia

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    • A. 

      The east coast was more beautiful

    • B. 

      There were mountains in the way that made traveling west very difficult

    • C. 

      The Native Americans wouldn't let white people move into their territory

  • 2. 
    When the U.S. bought the Louisiana Territory, the U.S. grew by how much?
    • A. 

      The United States grew by one state.

    • B. 

      The United States tripled in size.

    • C. 

      The United States did not purchase the Louisiana Territory.

    • D. 

      The United States doubled in size.

    • E. 

      The territory went all the way to California

  • 3. 
    What did the Corps of Discovery use animal fat for?
    • A. 

      Nothing. They threw it away because they didn't want to get fat.

    • B. 

      As a way to keep mosquitoes from biting them.

    • C. 

      Shining their leather shoes

    • D. 

      A source of food when there was nothing else in the Rockies but soup, candles and bear fat.

    • E. 

      B and D

  • 4. 
    What was the name of the woman who helped Lewis and Clark?
    • A. 

      Naya Nuki

    • B. 

      Pocahantas

    • C. 

      Mrs. Kandido

    • D. 

      Sacagawea

  • 5. 
    What Was The Westward Expansion?
    • A. 

      Everyone in the United States moved to western states

    • B. 

      The United States decided to expand to the west and have more land

    • C. 

      The United States expanded from the west to the east

    • D. 

      All Americans realized the west was cooler than the east

  • 6. 
    What Was The United States "Manifest Destiny"?
    • A. 

      That America needed more slave states

    • B. 

      That America needed to expand to the west and gain more land

    • C. 

      That it was our obvious fate to have a war with Mexico

    • D. 

      That America needed less slavery

  • 7. 
    Who were the pioneers?
    • A. 

      The first Americans to settle the west

    • B. 

      A hockey team

    • C. 

      Soldiers

  • 8. 
    Where did the Oregon Trail begin?
    • A. 

      Portland, Oregon

    • B. 

      Independence, Missouri

    • C. 

      Topeka, Kansas

  • 9. 
    How did most people travel on the Oregon Trail?
    • A. 

      They rode horses.

    • B. 

      They rode in carriages.

    • C. 

      They walked.

  • 10. 
    What disease killed many pioneers?
    • A. 

      Chicken Pox

    • B. 

      Influenza

    • C. 

      Cholera

  • 11. 
    Why did many Mormons settle in Utah?
    • A. 

      There was really good land there

    • B. 

      The people there allowed Mormons religious freedom

    • C. 

      The land there was so bad, they thought no one else would want to live there

    • D. 

      It was the first place they came to with enough space for them

  • 12. 
    What nickname was given to the people who traveled to California in search of gold?
    • A. 

      Western boys

    • B. 

      Seekers

    • C. 

      Forty-niners

  • 13. 
    This piece of legislation (law) offered 160 acres of free land to any settler who agreed to farm the land. 
    • A. 

      Homestead Act

    • B. 

      Dawes Act

    • C. 

      Great Plains Act

    • D. 

      Ghost Dance Act

  • 14. 
    Which of the following led to an increase in settlers moving to the West?
    • A. 

      Homestead Act

    • B. 

      Discovery of Gold

    • C. 

      The completion of the Transcontinental Railroad

    • D. 

      Dawes Act

    • E. 

      All options

  • 15. 
    What kind of houses did the pioneers settling on the Great Plains often live in?
    • A. 

      Sod houses

    • B. 

      Apartments

    • C. 

      Tepees