Building the New Navy


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What job did Theodore Roosevelt have when he started reforming the Navy?

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1. With which country did the US fight a war that proved the value of a strong navy?

2. The ship that made the Great White Fleet obsolete was from what country?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Using this printable worksheet and interactive quiz can guide you through the accompanying lesson that deals with the modernization of the U.S. Navy. Topics include Theodore Roosevelt and the Great White Fleet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The assessments can be used to gauge your understanding of the following:

  • Journey completed by the Great White Fleet
  • Office held by Theodore Roosevelt that afforded him purchase to affect his policy of naval reform
  • The countries involved in a naval arms race
  • Country with whom the U.S. fought a war that validated having a strong navy
  • The country that marginalized the Great White Fleet by the development of a new type of battleship

Skills Practiced

The Quiz and worksheet give students the chance to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the creation of the new U.S. Navy
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding factors that influenced the creation of a new navy
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Theodore Roosevelt's role in the creation of a new navy

Additional Learning

To learn more about the creation and development of a new navy, read through the accompanying lesson entitled Building the New Navy. The lesson concentrates on the following objectives:

  • Explain why Theodore Roosevelt was given more or less of a free hand in developing a new navy
  • Talk about how long Britannia had ruled the waves
  • Comment on the situation Roosevelt found regarding the type of ships that the navy had afloat
  • Discuss the Battle of Manila Bay and the Battle of Santiago de Cuba and what influenced the battles' outcomes
  • Describe the purpose of the voyage of the Great White Fleet and why it was referred to by that name