Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans - Quiz & Worksheet


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How did European metal affect the lives of Native Americans?

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1. How did the reintroduction of horses affect the lives of American tribes?

2. Why did European monarchs of the 15th century sponsor the voyages of many explorers?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

European colonization drastically changed the lives of indigenous people as explorers claimed new lands. This quiz and worksheet combination will check your understanding of changes caused by colonization, and its tremendous toll on native inhabitants.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will assess knowledge in the following areas:

  • Effects of the introduction of metal
  • Reintroduction of animals into indigenous lands
  • Death rates that resulted from contact with Europeans
  • Motivating factors for European exploration

Skills Practiced

Students will practice the following skills when accessing this lesson:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on European colonization
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding the common cause of death among native populations after contact with Europeans
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about ways in which contact with European explorers affected lives of Native Americans

Additional Learning

For more on this topic, view the accompanying lesson, Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans. The lesson contains the following objectives:

  • Discuss ways in which contact with Europeans negatively affected Native American populations
  • Explain effects of European weaponry on tribal civilizations
  • Explore relevance of Europeans reintroducing horses to North and South America