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History Test: Westward Expansion

WEEK 17:  Westward Expansion History Test

NOTE: Following is the Westward Expansion 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: ______________

Westward Expansion History Test

Fill in the Blank with the correct answer(s):

1. What important man (who later became president) came up with much of the plans for the Constitution? ______________________________________________________

2. Where did the Constitutional convention meet? ___________________

3. Who was president of the Constitutional Convention? _______________

4. What important historical figure urged the delegates to sign the Constitution even if they didn’t agree with all of it? ______________________________________________________

5. What are the first 10 Amendments of the Constitution called? ______________________________________________

6. According to the 5th Amendment, a person is innocent until proven ______?

7. What did the cotton gin do? __________________________________  ___________________________________

8. What famous document did Thomas Jefferson write? ________________  ____________________________________

9. The huge piece of land Thomas Jefferson purchased from Napoleon was called   __________________________________?

10. What day did Thomas Jefferson die? ___________________________

11. Who were the leaders of the Corps of Discovery? ___________________

12. What famous Native American woman helped the Corps of Discovery? ________________________________________

13. What great American city had many of its buildings burned during the War of 1812? ________________________________

14. What is the name of our National Anthem and who wrote it? ________________________________________________ and ___________________________________________

15. What famous canal was built across the state of New York in the 1800’s? ________________________________________

16. What animal pulled the barges of this canal? _______________________

17. What were Buffalo chips use for? ______________________________

Multiple Choice: Circle the correct answer(s).

18. Which of the following was NOT a problem our country was having before the Constitution was adopted?
A.) Each state had its own money
B.) Couldn’t pay its soldiers
C.) British refused to move out of military posts
D.) No good farmland
E.) No court system

19. The first set of rules America adopted for governing the country (which didn’t work well) was called?
A.) Declaration of Independence
B.) Articles of Confederation
C.) The Constitution
D.) The Federalist Papers

20. What are the three branches of government? (circle three)
A.) The Executive Branch
B.) The Federal Branch
C.) The Legislative Branch
D.) The Judicial Branch

21. Changes to the Constitution are called?
A.) Laws
B.) Bills
C.) Amendments
D.) None of the above

22. Which of the following is NOT one of the 5 basic freedoms listed in the first Amendment?
A.) Freedom of Religion
B.) Freedom of Speech
C.) Freedom from Slavery
D.) Freedom of the Press

23. What was the Cumberland Gap?
A.) Path through the Rocky Mountains
B.) Path where the Erie Canal was built
C.) Path through the Appalachian Mountains
D.) None of the above

24. What famous hunter/explorer built the Wilderness Road and started a new settlement in Kentucky?
A.) Meriwether Lewis
B.) William Clark
C.) Thomas Jefferson
D.) Daniel Boone

25. During what war were Eli Whitney’s muskets used?
A.) Revolutionary War
B.) War of 1812
C.) World War I
D.) All of the Above

26. Thomas Jefferson was our country’s _________ president.
A.) First
B.) Second
C.) Third
D.) Fourth

27. James Madison was our country’s __________ president.
A.) Second
B.) Third
C.) Fourth
D.) Fifth

28. Thomas Jefferson asked the Corps of the Discovery to ……
A.) To find a northwest passage to the Pacific Ocean
B.) To explore the land and find out about the animals and plants living there and to journal about their experiences.
C.) To meet & establish friendly relationships with the Native Americans they met.
D.) All of the above.

29. Which of the following was NOT a supply the Corps of Discovery brought on their mission?
A.) Guns & ammunition
B.) Oxen
C.) Gifts for American Indians
D.) A large keel boat

30. Which of the following was NOT a danger the Corps faced?
A.) Death of York
B.) Lack of Food
C.) Grizzly bears
D.) Some Indian tribes were unfriendly & dangerous

31. Which of the following was NOT a new animal the Corps of discovery encountered?
A.) Deer
B.) Prairie Dogs
C.) Grizzly Bears
D.) Buffalo

32. The Native American woman traveling with the Corps of Discovery was a great help to the men. How?
A.) She saved boxes of supplies that had fallen in the river.
B.) She dug up edible roots to eat.
C.) She translated and helped them find their way across the territory.
D.) She acted as a sign of “peace” because she was a woman carrying a baby.
E.) All of the Above

33. Why did America declare War on Great Britain? (Circle all that apply.)
A.) Britain was arming Native Americans and encouraging them to attack Americans.
B.) America believed in slavery.
C.) British soldiers wouldn’t leave the country.
D.) The British prevented our ships from trading with France.

34. What great Indian leader fought against the U.S during the War of 1812?
A.) Tecumseh
B.) Sequoyah
C.) John Ross
D.) Cinque

35. What great Indian leader was head of the Cherokee nation during the Trail of Tears?
A.) Tecumseh
B.) Sequoyah
C.) John Ross
D.) Cinque

36. What great African slave led the revolt on the Amistad slave ship?
A.) Tecumseh
B.) Sequoyah
C.) John Ross
D.) Cinque

37. What Cherokee Indian invented the written Cherokee language?
A.) Tecumseh
B.) Sequoyah
C.) John Ross
D.) Cinque

38. What was NOT something Sojourner Truth preached about?
A.) Killing white slave owners
B.) Trusting in God
C.) Slavery was wrong
D.) Women’s rights

39. What were the most common territories white pioneers traveled to during the mid 1800’s?
(circle all that apply)
A.) Oregon
B.) Oklahoma
C.) Arkansas
D.) California

40. What hardships did pioneers encounter on the trail? (Circle all that apply)
A.) Crossing rivers
B.) Disease
C.) Broken wagon wheels
D.) Storms

41. Which of the following was NOT something people usually carried in their wagons?
A.) Declaration of Independence
B.) Quilts
C.) Guns
D.) Tools

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

42. T/F Initially the Bill of Rights was only written for white men. _____________

43. T/F Eli Whitney did not begin to invent things till he was an adult. ________________

44. T/F Eli Whitney became rich from creating the cotton gin. ____________________

45. T/F Eli Whitney’s cotton gin decreased the need for slaves in America. _______________

46. T/F All the battles of the War of 1812 were fought on U.S. soil. ___________________

47. T/F The war of 1812 ended because the U.S. won all the major battles. _____________________

48. T/F Sojourner Truth was a slave in the South. ______________________________

49. T/F During Sojourner’s life many Northerners began to believe that slavery was wrong and slaves in the North were eventually freed. ____________________________________________

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

Extra Credit:
Grades 1 – 3: Name 2 ways pioneer children passed the time during the long trip westward.
_______________________________________________
_______________________________________________

Grades 4 – 6:
What was the name of the New York governor who built the famous canal during the 1800’s?
_______________________________________________
What famous president represented the Amistad slaves at the Supreme Court trial?
_______________________________________________

Grades 7 & 8:
What town did Tecumseh live in? ________________________
Who was Tsali? ____________________________________

Answer Key:

  • 1.  James Madison
  • 2.  Philadelphia
  • 3.  George Washington
  • 4.  Benjamin Franklin
  • 5.  The Bill of Rights
  • 6.  Guilty
  • 7.  It took seeds out of cotton.
  • 8.  The Declaration of Independence
  • 9.  The Louisiana Purchase
  • 10.  4th of July
  • 11.  Lewis & Clark
  • 12.  Sacagawea
  • 13.  Washington D.C.
  • 14.  The Star Spangled Banner; Francis Scott Key
  • 15.  Erie Canal
  • 16.  Mules
  • 17.  Burned for fuel in fires
  • 18.  D
  • 19.  B
  • 20.  A, C, & D
  • 21.  C
  • 22.  C
  • 23.  C
  • 24.  D
  • 25.  B
  • 26.  C
  • 27.  C
  • 28.  D
  • 29.  B
  • 30.  A
  • 31.  A
  • 32.  E
  • 33.  A, C, & D
  • 34.  A
  • 35.  C
  • 36.  D
  • 37.  B
  • 38.  A
  • 39.  A & D
  • 40.  A, B, C, & D
  • 41.  A
  • 42.  T
  • 43.  F
  • 44.  F
  • 45.  F
  • 46.  F
  • 47.  F
  • 48.  F (She was a slave in the North.)
  • 49.  T
  • 50.  T
  • Extra Credit Grades 1 – 3:  School lessons, sewing, walking, playing games, practiced shooting, helped take care of other siblings, helped take care of animals, etc. (answers will vary)
  • Extra Credit Grades 4 – 6:  DeWitt Clinton; John Quincy Adams
  • Extra Credit Grades 7 – 8:  Prophet’s Town; Tsali was a Cherokee Indian living in North Carolina who surrendered to white soldiers, along with his sons, in return for the agreement to leave his people alone.  He and two of his sons were killed.

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Copyright April 24th, 2014 by Gwen Fredette

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James Madison

Week 8: James Madison

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READ K – 3: A Picture Book of Dolley and James Madison by David Adler and Michael Adler

 4 – 6: Father of the Constitution: A Story About James Madison by Barbara Mitchell

7 – 8:  James Madison (Revolutionary War Leaders) by Brent Kelley

 


DISCUSS:

  • James Madison became our country’s _________ president? (4th)
  • What war did Americans fight during James Madison’s presidency? (War of 1812)
  • What did the British do to Washington D.C. and the White House while James Madison was president? (burned it)
  • When James was young was the United States its own country? (No, it was 13 colonies that belonged to the British)
  • What important document did James Madison help write? (Constitution)
  • What was the name of James’ wife? (Dolley)
  • How did Dolley’s first husband die? (Yellow fever)

Questions for Grades  4 – 8: 

  • Describe what James Madison was like as a child? (shy, loved to read, sickly, quiet, “Falling Disease” – might have had epilepsy)
  • T/F As a child, James had slaves.  (True)
  • What important political figure did James have a strong friendship with? (Thomas Jefferson)
  • What important political figure did James not get along with? (Patrick Henry)
  • What problems were the states having under the Articles of Confederation? (each state had own money, no strong central government, states argued over border problems, central government couldn’t pay soldiers)
  • How many branches of government were in James Madison’s plan for the Constitution? (3: Executive, Legislative, & Judicial)
  • What was Montpelier? (James Madison’s home)
  • What important Bill did James work on after the Constitution? (Bill of Rights)

 

ACTIVITIES: K – 3: James Madison coloring page: http://www.usa-printables.com/Presidents/04-James-Madison/04-james-madison-03.htm

4 – 8:  Print and complete the James Madison Timeline worksheet by clicking here: James Madison Timeline Questions (pdf) or here: James Madison Timeline Questions (word document)

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Copyright February 21st, 2014 by Gwen Fredette

 

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The Bill of Rights

Week 2:  Bill of Rights

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READ K – 3: The Bill of Rights (Chp 4 – end only) by Christine Taylor-Butler

5 – 6: The Bill of Rights (entire book) by Christine Taylor-Butler

7 – 8:  The Bill of Rights by Judith Lloyd Yero

 


DISCUSS:

  • What are the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution called?  (The Bill of Rights)
  • The 1st Amendment guarantees 5 basic freedoms.  What are they and describe each one?
  1. Religion – Worship as you please
  2. Speech – Say your opinion
  3. Press – Write or say your opinion through the media (newspapers, TV, radio, or internet
  4. Assemble – Get together with others for any peaceful reason
  5. Petition – Tell government what you don’t like or what you’d like to change
  • The 2nd amendment gives people the right to bear arms.  What does this mean? (gives people the right to fight and protect themselves)
  • T/F  The 3rd amendment says no one has to house a soldier in times of war.  (F – in times of peace)
  • According to the 4th amendment, can a police officer enter your house to search through your things without permission? (no)
  • According to the 5th amendment, a person is innocent until they are proved _______? (guilty)
  • Can a person be forced to talk if they don’t want to? (no)
  • What is a jury? (group of people chosen to rule on evidence in a trial)
  • Do all people have a right to a lawyer? (yes)
  • Do people have rights other than those listed in the Constitution? (yes)
  • T/F  The government can take on powers not listed in the Constitution.  (F)
  • T/F  Initially the Bill of Rights was only written for white men.  (T)

 ACTIVITIES: K – 5: Using your internet, get onto Google images and print out 5 pictures to complete this worksheet:  5 basic freedoms (word)  or this one: 5 basic freedoms (pdf).  You will need pictures of the following:

  • a)  A church
  • b) Someone giving a speech
  • c)  a TV
  • d.) An assembly
  • e.)  A petition

Grades 6 – 8: Complete this online worksheet: http://cf.ltkcdn.net/kids/files/702-The-Bill-of-Rights-Worksheet.pdf;  Answer key: http://cf.ltkcdn.net/kids/files/709-Bill-of-Rights-Answer-Key.pdf

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Copyright January 10th, 2014 by Gwen Fredette

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The Constitution

Week 1:  The Constitution

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READ K – 4: We the People by Lynne Cheney

5 – 6: The Constitution of the United States by Christine Taylor-Butler

7 – 8:  The Constitution by Paul Finkelman

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DISCUSS:

  • The first set of rules America adopted for governing the country didn’t work very well.  What were they called? (Articles of Confederation)
  • What were some of the problems our country was having before the Constitution was adopted? (Couldn’t collect taxes, each state had its own money, couldn’t defend itself or pay soldiers, British refused to move out of military posts, no court system, Americans fighting each other.)
  • Where did the Constitutional convention meet? (Philadelphia)
  • Who was president of the Convention? (George Washington)
  • Who came up with much of the plans for the Constitution? (James Madison)
  • Why did delegates from big and small states disagree with the plans for Congress? (Big states wanted more representatives, small states wanted equal say)
  • What was the “Great Compromise”? (Split Congress into 2 houses: The Senate & the House of Representatives.  The Senate would have 2 reps for each state; the House would have a number of representatives based on state population)
  • Why was slavery an issue in determining how many reps a state would get?  (Southern states wanted more reps because of slaves.)
  • How was this resolved? (5 slaves counted as 3 free people)
  • What important historical figure urged the delegates to sign the Constitution even if they didn’t agree with all of it? (Ben Franklin)

Questions for Grades 5 – 8:

  • Why are there 3 branches of government? (Checks & balances to make sure no branch had too much power)
  • What are the three branches of government? (Legislative, Executive, & Judicial)
  • What does the Legislative Branch do? (Makes laws: consists of the Senate & the House of Rep)
  • What does the Executive Branch do? (Enforces laws: consists of president & his staff)
  • What does the judicial branch do? (Interprets laws, makes sure laws are used correctly: consists of courts)
  • What are Amendments? (Changes to the Constitution)
  • What are the first 10 Amendments called? (Bill of Rights)
  • Name some other famous Amendments? (to end slavery, right to vote for women)

ACTIVITIES: K – 5: Get a piece of poster board and use Google images: https://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=ii

to find and print pictures of the following:

  • ·The Constitution
  • President of the Convention: George Washington
  • Planner of the Constitution: James Madison
  • Negotiator of the Convention: Ben Franklin.

 In the Constitution our delegates planned our country to have 3 branches of government.  Using google images, find a picture of each of the following:

  • The Executive: picture of the President or the White House (or both)
  • The Legislative: picture of the Capitol building
  • The Judicial: Find a picture of the Supreme Court building or Supreme Court Judges (or both)

Divide your poster board into 3 rows.

  • In the top row paste your picture of the Constitution.  Write “The Constitution” under the picture.
  • Divide the second row into 3 equal  boxes.  Paste your pictures of George Washington, James Madison, & Ben Franklin into these 3 boxes.  Write “President of the Convention” under George Washington’s picture, write “Planner of the Constitution” under James Madison’s picture.  Write “Negotiator of the convention” under Ben Franklin’s picture.
  • Divide the third row into 3 equal boxes.  Write “Enforces Laws” under the picture of president or the White house. Write “Makes Laws” under the Capitol building, and  Write “Interprets Laws” under the Supreme Court Building or the Judges.

6 – 8: Choose one of the following essay options:

  • Which 3 delegates attending the Convention were probably the most influential in the forming of the Constitution? Why?  Write a 5 paragraph- 3 proof essay.
  • Look at this picture of George Washington’s chair in Independence Hall: http://www.ushistory.org/mre/sun.htm  According to this site, George Washington used this chair for nearly three months of the Federal Convention’s continuous sessions. James Madison reported Benjamin Franklin saying, “I have often looked at that behind the president without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting. But now I… know that it is a rising…sun.”  Write an essay explaining what you think Ben Franklin meant by this comment.

Copyright January 3rd, 2014 by Gwen Fredette

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Outline: New Government & Westward Expansion (American History)

Hello fellow Homeschoolers!

 I’m taking a break for the next few weeks, so I will not be posting lesson plans.  However, I’ll begin posting lesson plans again in early January.  They will be on the Framing of the New Government and the Westward Expansion  (American History).  Below you can see the outline for the Spring Semester.

May God bless you with a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Spring 2014 (American History)

New Government & Westward Expansion Lesson Plans Outline

  • Week 1: The Constitution
  • Week 2: The Bill of Rights
  • Week 3: Daniel Boone
  • Week 4: Eli Whitney (& the Cotton Gin)
  • Week 5:  Thomas Jefferson
  • Week 6: Lewis & Clark
  • Week 7:  Sacajawea
  • Week 8: James Madison
  • Week 9: War of 1812
  • Week 10: Story of Star Spangled Banner
  • Week 11:  Erie Canal
  • Week 12: Trail of Tears
  • Week 13: The Amistad
  • Week 14: Sojourner Truth
  • Week 15: Native American History Early 1800’s (Tecumseh’s Rebellion)
  • Week 16:  Wagon Trains
  • Week 17: New Government & Westward Expansion History Test

If you have any questions about these History Lesson Plans, please feel free to email me.  My email is gwen.silverliningpress@juno.com.  If you’ve found great resources that might be a help to others using this curriculum, please feel free to write messages on the comments section of each post for others to see.  Thanks!

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Outline 2013 – 2014 Lesson Plans

OUTLINE: 2013 – 2014 School Year

Greetings Fellow Homeschoolers!

Hope you had a fun and refreshing summer!  It’s almost time for school to begin.  Once again I will be posting history lesson plans.  This Fall I will be posting lessons on Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.  This Spring I will be posting lessons on the framing of the new American Government (Post Revolutionary War) and the Westward Expansion.  The lessons will be similar in format to lessons you’ve already seen and used from this “U Read Thru History” site.  Each week readings will be suggested for different grade levels, discussion questions will be listed, and activities will be suggested per grade level.   To help homeschoolers get a head start on books they will need for this Fall, I’ll be posting the first three lessons this week.  Then I’ll take a few weeks break and resume posting lessons every week starting in early September.   I hope and pray these lessons will be a blessing to you and your family!

Following are two 17- week outlines for the coming school year:

Fall 2013 (World History)

Ancient Greece/Ancient Rome Lesson Plans Outline

  • Week 1: Overview of Ancient Greece (Part I)
  • Week 2: Overview of Ancient Greece (Part II)
  • Week 3: Greek & Roman Gods
  • Week 4: Greek Myths
  • Week 5:  The Odyssey (The Trojan Horse)
  • Week 6: Ancient Olympics
  • Week 7:  Aesop’s Fables
  • Week 8: Greek Philosophers
  • Week 9: Alexander the Great
  • Week 10: Overview of Ancient Rome (Part I)
  • Week 11:  Overview of Ancient Rome (Part II)
  • Week 12: Julius Caesar
  • Week 13: Roman Calendar/Roman Numerals
  • Week 14: Jesus in Rome
  • Week 15: Gladiators
  • Week 16: Pompeii
  • Week 17: Ancient Greece/Ancient Rome Test

Spring 2014 (American History)

New Government & Westward Expansion Lesson Plans Outline

  • Week 1: The Constitution
  • Week 2: The Bill of Rights
  • Week 3: Daniel Boone
  • Week 4: Eli Whitney (& the Cotton Gin)
  • Week 5:  Thomas Jefferson
  • Week 6: Lewis & Clark
  • Week 7:  Sacajawea
  • Week 8: James Madison
  • Week 9: War of 1812
  • Week 10: Story of Star Spangled Banner
  • Week 11:  Erie Canal
  • Week 12: Trail of Tears
  • Week 13: The Amistad
  • Week 14: Sojourner Truth
  • Week 15: Native American History Early 1800’s (Tecumseh’s Rebellion)
  • Week 16:  Wagon Trains
  • Week 17: New Government & Westward Expansion History Test

If you have any questions about these History Lesson Plans, please feel free to email me.  My email is gwen.silverliningpress@juno.com.  If you’ve found great resources that might be a help to others using this curriculum, please feel free to write messages on the comments section of each post for others to see.  Thanks!

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