Early American History Test

Week 17: Early American History Test

NOTE: Following is the Early American History Test.  7th and 8th graders should be able to do all of this test.  4th through 6th graders should be able to do most of the test.   K – 3rd graders will be able to do a lot of this test orally.   Each question is worth 2 points.  This test is OPTIONAL.   Please feel free to skip it; scale it; eliminate parts of it; use it merely as a review, or do whatever best suits your family!  If you choose to give your children this test, I would recommend reviewing the “Discussion Questions” from the last 16 weeks’ lesson plans the day before you give the test.

Following the test you will find a teachers’ answer key.


Name: ____________________________________________________ Date: ____________________

Fill in the blanks with the correct answers:
1.   Eric the Red and Leif the Lucky belonged to what group of people?

2.   What were the names of Columbus’s three ships that sailed to America?

3.   What famous explorer is America named after? ____________________________________

4.   What Indian princess helped bring peace between Chief Powhatan’s tribe and the Jamestown settlers?

5.   Name two reasons why Native Americans wore paint on their faces: _____________________

6.   Name at least 2 kinds of Native American houses: __________________________________


7.   What special sweet did Native Americans like to eat? _________________________________

8.   Name the founder of Pennsylvania? ________________________________________________

9.   What was the original capital city of Pennsylvania? ____________________________________

10, 11 & 12.  Name 6 of the original 13 colonies.   ______________________________________________

13.  What terrible disease killed 9 out of every 10 Native Americans? ___________________________

Circle the letter of the correct answer:

14.  Why did Eric the Red have to leave Iceland?
A.  He killed some men
B.  There was not enough food there.
C.  It was too cold to live there.
D.  None of the above.

15.  Which of the following was NOT a reason why Leif wanted to explore the lands to the west of Greenland?
A.   He wanted to explore
B.   He wanted to move away from his father.
C.  His colony needed wood; there were very few trees in Greenland
D.  None of the above

16.  Why did the Vikings leave America?
A.   It became too cold.
B.   They were not able to live at peace with the Native American Indians.
C.  They were unable to find food there.
D.  The grapes there were bitter.

17.  After they had been at sea for many days, the sailors on Columbus’s ship grew frightened.  Why?
A.   They believed there may be sea monsters in the ocean.
B.  They were afraid they may not have enough food for the long voyage.
C.  Some were afraid the earth was flat and they may sail off the edge.
D.  All of the above.

18.  Which of the following was NOT one of Amerigo Vespucci’s accomplishments?
A.   He was able to determine latitude & longitude.
B.  He proved that America was part of the Indies.
C.  He was able to navigate by stars and planets.
D.  He was able to make accurate maps and determine within 50 miles the size of the earth.

19.  Which of the following were characteristics of most of the “gentlemen” who came to the Jamestown settlement?
A.   Most knew how to operate muskets and were in charge of protecting the community.
B.   Many were lazy and did not want to work.
C.  Both “A” & “B”
D.  None of the above.

20.  Many people died in the Jamestown settlement.  What was NOT a major cause?
A.   Famine: many didn’t know how to farm or fish and didn’t want to try
B.  The Native American Indians infected them with Small Pox
C.   Leaders argued with each other.
D.   Salty, polluted river was their drinking water.

21.  What French explorer, mapmaker, and trader started the fur trade with Native American Indians in Canada?
A.   Champlain
B.  Columbus
C.  Vespucci
D.  Leif the Lucky

22.  Which of the following was NOT a kind of food Native Americans ate?
A.   Pork
B.  Corn
C.  Deer
D.  Fish

23.  What was NOT something Native Americans made?
A.   Canoes
B.  Brick houses
C.  Bows & arrows
D.  Baskets

24.  Which of the following was NOT a game played by Native American Indians?
A.  Snow snake
B.  Skiing
C.  Lacrosse
D.  Running races

25.  What was wampum?
A.   Mashed corn
B.  Beads made of shells; the Indians used them for belts and as money.
C.  An Indian home
D.  An Indian tribe

26.  What religious group was Penn a part of?
A.    The Puritans
B.  The Catholics
C.  The Quakers
D.  The Jews

27.  Which of the following was NOT one of the very first English settlements?
A.  Jamestown
B.  Hartford
C.  Plymouth
D.  Philadelphia

28.  Which of the following is NOT a reason why settlers first came to America?
A.  They wanted religious freedom
B.  Some wanted land or to find gold
C.  They wanted a president instead of a king.
D.  Some were convicts or criminals sent from Europe

29.  Which of the following was NOT a food the colonists ate?
A.   Turkey
B.  Pork & bacon
C.  Spruce Tree Needles
D.  Pumpkin

30.  Which of the following was NOT a game the colonists used to often play?
A.   Hide & seek
B.  Dominoes
C.  Lacrosse
D.   Ninepins (bowling)

31.  What important Native American leader unified Indian tribes that used to be enemies to make a united attack on the English?
A.  Massasoit
B.  Pontiac
C.  Pocahontas
D.  Squanto

Write “T” if the answer is true.  Write “F” if the answer is false.

32.  T/F Columbus a good leader and truthful person. ______________________________________

33.  T/F Columbus  realized he hadn’t found the Indies. ______________________________________

34.  T/F Native American Indians were able to move their houses.______________________________

35.  T/F Squanto knew English before he met the Pilgrims. ______________________________

36.  T/F Thanksgiving became an official holiday when George Washington was president. _______

37.  T/F Native Americans sometimes hung their babies in cradleboards on trees. ________

38.  T/F  Many Native American stories are about animals. ______________

39.  T/F  “The Earth Diver” is a Native American story that is about a great flood.______________

40.  T/F Champlain learned the language of the Huron tribe and traded with them.____________

41.  T/F  Puritan children were able to play games and have free time to have fun.____________

42.  T/F Many innocent people were killed or imprisoned during the Salem witch trials. ______

43.  T/F  During the Salem witch trials two girls accused only 3 women of being witches. ______

44.  T/F  Massasoit stopped the Salem witch trials. ________________

45.  T/F King Philip was angry with the colonists because they were trying to force their religion on them and because they were taking over their lands. ___________________________

46.  T/F King Philip was able to rescue his wife and son. ___________________

47.  T/F Some colonists sent Indian tribes blankets infected with Small Pox to kill the Indians.__________

48.  T/F Small Pox could also cause starvation in communities.____________

49.  T/F  The Sewee tribe died trying to sail to Europe. ______________

50.  T/F  Mom loves her kids very much and is very proud of them._________________

Extra Credit:
Extra Credit: Grades K – 3: What year did Columbus sail to America? ___________________

Extra Credit: Grades K – 6:  What did Leif the Lucky name the Island he discovered in America?

Extra Credit: Grades K – 6:  What does the name Pennsylvania mean?
Extra Credit: Grades K – 8:  What Indian tribe was known for living in Longhouses?
Extra Credit: Grades K – 8: What crop became a huge money-maker for the colonists?
Extra Credit: Grades K – 8: Name the rest of the 13 colonies from question # 10 on the test.


  • 1.  The Vikings
  • 2.  Nina, Pinta, Santa Maria
  • 3.  Amerigo Vespucci
  • 4.  Pocahontas
  • 5.  Decoration/Celebration; Symbol of War
  • 6.  Any two: Wigwam, Longhouse, Teepee
  • 7.  Maple Sugar
  • 8.  William Penn
  • 9.  Philadelphia
  • 10.  11. & 12. Any 6: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware, New York, Virginia, Maryland
  • 13. Small Pox
  • 14.  A
  • 15.  B
  • 16.  B
  • 17.  D
  • 18.  B
  • 19.  C
  • 20.  B
  • 21. A
  • 22. A
  • 23.  B
  • 24.  B
  • 25.  B
  • 26.  C
  • 27.  B
  • 28.  C
  • 29. C
  • 30. C
  • 31. B
  • 32. F
  • 33. F
  • 34.  T
  • 35. T
  • 36. F
  • 37. T
  • 38. T
  • 39. T
  • 40. T
  • 41. F
  • 42. T
  • 43. F
  • 44. F
  • 45. T
  • 46. F
  • 47. T
  • 48. T
  • 49. T
  • 50. T

Extra Credit: Grades K – 3: 1492

Extra Credit: Grades K – 6: Vineland

Extra Credit: Grades K – 6: Penn’s Woods

Extra Credit: Grades K – 8: Iroquoi

Extra Credit: Grades K – 8: Tobacco

Extra Credit: Grades K – 8:  See question #10 answer key

Copyright December 1st, 2012 by Gwen Fredette


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