Eli Whitney and Interchangeable Parts: Definition & History


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In what state was the Eli Whitney Armory?

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1. What Frenchman helped standardize small arms production in 1778 by producing muskets with interchangeable flint locks?

2. Who did Eli Whitney produce rifles for?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Interchangeable parts for all sorts of machines and paraphernalia have made our lives much easier. This quiz and worksheet can test your knowledge on the history and development of the manufacture of interchangeable parts and the importance of Eli Whitney to that development.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment you'll be tested on your knowledge of:

  • Eli Whitney's armory
  • The Frenchman who standardized small arms production
  • Eli Whitney's major contractor
  • Whitney's other major invention
  • The first to use interchangeable parts

Skills Practiced

This worksheet will let you practice the following skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of interchangeable parts
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about interchangeable parts in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding mass production and interchangeable parts and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the importance of interchangeable parts

Additional Learning

To learn more about the historical importance of this invention, view the lesson called Eli Whitney and Interchangeable Parts. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Investigate the contributions made by Eli Whitney to the Industrial Revolution
  • Examine the nature and importance of the product manufactured at the Whitneyville Armory
  • Explain about the contributions made by some Europeans to the development of interchangeable parts
  • Describe how the development of interchangeable parts changed the trade of firearms manufacturing