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Social Studies, American History, World History, Early Exploration and Settlements

Christopher Columbus

Think you know all about the great explorer? Challenge yourself with this quick quiz!

1
Columbus visited many kings and queens asking for support before who finally agreed to pay for his famed voyage of exploration?
  1. Felix and Ileana, the king and queen of Mexico
  2. Ferdinand and Isabella, the king and queen of Spain
  3. Francois and Iris, the king and queen of France
2
What did Columbus hope to accomplish on his voyage?
  1. He wanted to reach India and Southeast Asia to trade for silk and spices.
  2. He wanted to reach Italy to search for his family.
  3. He wanted to reach Ireland to trade for wool and tea.
3
Why did Columbus refer to the people he met as Indians?
  1. Because that is how they introduced themselves
  2. Because he mistakenly thought he had arrived in the East Indies
  3. Because in those times, it was known as a term of affection
4
How long before Columbus first came to what he called the New World had people lived in North and South America?
  1. No one lived in the Americas before Columbus arrived.
  2. People lived in the Americas for 10-15 years before Columbus arrived.
  3. People had lived in the Americas for tens of thousands of years before Columbus arrived.
5
Which of the following was not introduced to the Native Americans by European explorers?
  1. Horses and cattle, sugar cane, and iron tools
  2. Devastating diseases like smallpox and measles
  3. All of these things were introduced to the Native Americans by European explorers
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