Election of 1848 and the California Gold Rush


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How did California become a state free of slavery in 1850?

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1. Why did Whig Party nominee Zachary Taylor resonate well with northern Americans?

2. Which of the following was NOT an outcome of the California Gold Rush?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The following quiz and worksheet combo will test your knowledge of the Election of 1848 as well as the California Gold Rush.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During the assessments, you will be tested on:

  • Plans for the land Mexico ceded to the U.S.
  • Gold's impact on California
  • Discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill
  • Characteristics of President Taylor's tenure

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Election of 1848
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the California Gold Rush
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the formation of the Free Soil Party in a different light

Additional Learning

To learn more about this subject, study the lesson titled Election of 1848 and the California Gold Rush. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Details the election of Zachary Taylor
  • Explains the U.S.'s acquisition of California
  • Covers the impact of gold in California
  • Explores California's application for statehood