The Great Plains: Facts & History


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What are the major industries of the Great Plains today?

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1. Which of the following states is NOT considered to be part of the Great Plains?

2. What weather events are common across portions of the Great Plains?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Great Plains of the United States have always played a large role in the development of the country, and the worksheet/quiz combination are designed to find out what you understand about the history of this immense area. The questions will quiz you on industry, weather, and animal life found in the Great Plains.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In the assessment, challenge yourself to answer questions on these key concepts:

  • Animal crucial to survival of indigenous peoples
  • The Dust Bowl
  • Present-day industry in the Great Plains
  • Common weather events

Skills Practiced

The worksheet and quiz will allow you to practice utilizing these important skill sets:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you can draw the most important information about the history of the Great Plains from the related lesson
  • Making connections - use your knowledge about the geographical makeup of the Great Plains to understand the major industries found today
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the lifestyle of the Native Americans living on the Great Plains and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about the states that are considered part of the Great Plains

Additional Learning

Check out the lesson called The Great Plains: Facts & History to learn more. The lesson meets the following objectives:

  • Learn how many square miles are part of the Great Plains
  • Understand the population density of the Great Plains compared to other areas of the United States
  • Define Ogallala Aquifer
  • Know the temperature fluctuations in the Great Plains throughout the winter and summer months
  • Define the Homestead Act and describe how it affected the Native Americans