European Imperialism in China: Trades, Battles & Treaties


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Why was opium used for trade between England and China?

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1. Why did the United States initiate the Open Door Policy?

2. Which refers to using a show of naval force and the threat of war to accomplish foreign policy aims?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and related worksheet will help you assess your understanding of European trade relations and policy on China throughout the 17th to 19th centuries. Some of the topics you'll be quizzed on include the Opium Wars and U.S. and British foreign policy in relation to China.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • Product Britain imported into China
  • Policy developed by the U.S. to help give China the opportunity to trade with all nations on an equal basis
  • Term for using a show of naval force to accomplish foreign policy aims
  • When the First Opium War was fought

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Chinese history in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as gunboat diplomacy and the Open Door Policy
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Opium Wars
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about European imperialism in China

Additional Learning

To learn more about Europe's relationship with China, review the corresponding lesson on European Imperialism in China. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about ''gunboat diplomacy'
  • Discuss Britain's opium trade with China
  • Learn about the Opium Wars
  • Explore the impact of the Open Door Policy