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Exploration and Colonization

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  • Q1
    Why was the voyage of Christopher Columbus the most famous of all the voyages during the Age of Exploration?
    He was the first explorer to search for the Northwest Passage
    He was the first person to discover the Americas
    His voyage led to an exchange of goods and ideas between Europe and the Americas
    He reached Asia by crossing the Atlantic Ocean
  • Q2
    Which of the following helped the Spanish conquistadors defeat the Aztec empire?
    The Aztecs had horses, guns, and metal armor
    A large number of Aztec died from European diseases, such as smallpox
    The conquistadors outnumber the Aztec
    The Aztec were a weak empire
  • Q3
    England, France and the Netherlands sent explorers in search of the Northwest Passage to find...
    A shorter route to Canada
    A direct route to North America
    A shorter, all water route to Asia
    A land route across North America
  • Q4
    Which of the following is a reason why the Pilgrims were able to survive early hardships in their colony?
    They farmed all year long
    Native Americans (Squanto) helped them
    Other colonists sent them supplies
    They built sturdy wooden houses
  • Q5
    What was the purpose of the Mayflower Compact?
    To ensure women had a right to vote
    To establish a government and allowed for freedom of religion
    To establish a new country
    To persecute people who prayed to a different god
  • Q6
    Which of the following was a challenge faced by the Jamestown colonists?
    Disease spread by mosquitoes and dirty water
    Rivalry with the Pilgrims over farmland
    Disputes with the Dutch over the fur trade
    Religious difference lead to fighting amongst the colonists
  • Q7
    What is the historical significance of the Virginia House of Burgesses?
    It created the United States of America
    It began a tradition of representative government in the English colonies
    It created an official religion for the Jamestown Colony
    It began a tradition of military rule of the English colonies
  • Q8
    Squanto helped which colony to farm the land?
    New France
    New Netherlands
  • Q9
    Which of the following is a TRUE statement about the fur trade in North America in the 1600’s?
    It failed to bring enough money and was stopped
    It led to the downfall of the Aztec and Incan empires
    It was controlled by the Dutch and the French
    It became the most profitable economic activity of Jamestown
  • Q10
    The creation of the Virginia House of Burgesses was an important step in the development of democracy in colonial America because it
    allowed citizens to vote directly on proposed laws
    established a representative form of government
    adopted a bill of rights for women
    provided the first written constitution
  • Q11
    Which of the following was NOT a challenge faced by the Jamestown colonists?
    Raids by the conquistadors
    “Gold Fever”
    Diseases spread by mosquitoes
  • Q12
    What crop helped Jamestown survive and thrive in the New World?
  • Q13
    What was the purpose of the Spanish missionaries in the New World?
    To convert the Native Americans to Christianity
    To marry the Native Americans
    To enslave the Native Americans
    To kill the Native Americans
  • Q14
    Which European nation’s motto was “Gold, God, and Glory”?
  • Q15
    What holiday are the Pilgrims responsible for starting?
    Columbus Day

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