Immigration Control Initiatives from 1882 to 1924


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Which of these places was commissioned as a federal immigration station in 1890?

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1. In what year was the Chinese Exclusion Act passed?

2. Which act set a quota on the number of immigrants from individual countries?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

Despite the fact that much of the history of the United States is a history of immigrants, large waves of immigration at different points in time have triggered concerns of job loss, overcrowding, health threats, crime, and other risks, and Congress responded to those fears with a series of laws aimed at controlling the entry of foreigners into the country. This quiz/worksheet combo outlines major pieces of legislation passed from 1882 to 1924, and helps you understand the government's policies on immigration control during an era when huge numbers of immigrants flocked to the United States with the hope of finding opportunity and a better life.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • The Chinese Exclusion Act
  • 1890's federal immigration station
  • Act that set immigration quotas
  • The Immigration Act of 1917

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on immigration control during the late 19th and early 20th century
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of immigration control to answer questions about the objectives of different policies and laws
  • Making connections - examine the factors that created both positive and negative attitudes towards immigration

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson titled Immigration Control Initiatives from 1882 to 1924. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know the major laws and policies on immigration during this era
  • Understand how immigration control was targeted toward different groups
  • Explain the significance of Ellis Island
  • Understand the effect of the Immigration Act of 1924