What is the Homestead Act of 1862? - Definition & Summary


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Settlers in the U.S. trying to build a home on the plains often had to use what material?

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1. What U.S. law established federal control over public land and implemented defined boundaries among the states?

2. Why was the Homestead Act enacted in 1862?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Quickly check your understanding of facts from the lesson on the Homestead Act of 1862 with the questions on this quiz/worksheet. To ace the quiz, you should know how long settlers were required to stay on the land, as well as other facts related to the Act.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Number of acres settled under the Homestead Act
  • Settlers' commitments to the land received
  • Amount of land individuals could obtain under the Act

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the Homestead Act of 1862
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the law that established federal control over public land
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about materials settlers used to build homes

Additional Learning

Learn more about settling the western frontier and the history of land ownership in the U.S. by reviewing the lesson, What is the Homestead Act of 1862? - Definition & Summary. With the help of this lesson, you'll be able to:

  • Identify the purpose of the Homestead Act
  • Understand the historical background that preceded the Act
  • Name the federal land policy of the 1800s
  • Recognize the challenges the settlers faced