American Imperialism: Definition, Reasons & Rising International Power


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Which of the following best defines imperialism?

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1. How did Alfred Thayer Mahan affect American imperialism?

2. Which of the following statements appropriately relates Manifest Destiny to American imperialism?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Imperialism is when a nation works to expand its power and influence, and this quiz/worksheet combo will examine the reasons and actions behind U.S. imperialism. You'll learn how ideas like Manifest Destiny and Social Darwinism played a role in American imperialism.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The definitions of imperialism, Social Darwinism and Manifest Destiny
  • The role of Alfred Thayer Mahan in American imperialism
  • The major factors leading to American imperialism

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about American imperialism in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about factors that led to the rise of American imperialism
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast America's willingness to expand its foreign reach in the early vs. late 19th century

Additional Learning

To learn more about American imperialism, review the accompanying lesson. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Discuss when and why American imperialism took off
  • Define Social Darwinism and Manifest Destiny
  • Identify factors that allowed for American imperialism in the late 19th century