How the Compass Helped Columbus


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Columbus' first voyage was funded by _____.

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1. Who was known as Henry the Navigator?

2. In sailing, declination is the term used to describe _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The compass greatly increased Christopher Columbus' ability to navigate the seas reliably, and this quiz and worksheet combo will help determine how well you understand the history of this innovative tool. These practice assets will test your understanding of Columbus' voyages.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The circumstances of Columbus' voyages
  • 'Henry the Navigator'
  • Declination in sailing

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you retain the pertinent information on navigation and the role of the compass from the related lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about navigation in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define the term 'declination'
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding 'Henry the Navigator'

Additional Learning

Interested in learning more about the compass and its role in revolutionizing navigation? Then check out the accompanying lesson called How the Compass Helped Columbus. This lesson will tackle the following objectives:

  • Describe how Columbus' voyage started, continued, and ended
  • Detail how a compass functions
  • Define and differentiate between Dead Reckoning and Celestial Navigation
  • Understand how the compass allowed for navigational practices that surpassed both of the aforementioned types of navigation