Eli Whitney: Inventions & Facts


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When products are mass produced with pieces that can be easily replaced, this is called:

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All historians agree that Eli Whitney was responsible for coming up with which of the following inventions:

I) The cotton gin

II) Interchangeable parts

III) The milling machine

2. Which invention used a hand crank to isolate seeds?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use the worksheet/quiz combo to test your knowledge of some of Eli Whitney's inventions. You will need to know which inventions Whitney is credited and not credited with in order to answer the questions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Promoted the concept of easily changeable parts on products
  • The invention that Whitney is credited for but is debated by historians
  • Whitney is best known for creating a machine that pulls out seeds
  • The US Government contract with Whitney
  • Whitney's Alma Mater

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding Eli Whitney's personal life and well-known inventions
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Whitney's role in the invention of interchangeable parts and the milling machine
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how the cotton gin works

Additional Learning

To learn more about this historical figure, review the accompanying lesson called Eli Whitney: Inventions & Facts. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Provides a biography of Eli Whitney
  • Discusses the invention of the cotton gin and its impact on the cotton industry
  • Describes how Whitney promoted the use of interchangeable parts
  • Notes Whitney's contribution to the invention of the milling machine