Steam Engine: Definition, Invention & History


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The steam engine helped to launch what major event in world history?

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1. What were the first steam engines mainly used for?

2. When did James Watt introduce his version of a steam engine, which was more efficient and had wider uses than earlier steam engines?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to test your understanding of the invention of the steam engine. Some of the topics you'll be assessed on include the country of origin of the first steam engines and how those early steam engines were used.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • World event spurred by the steam engine
  • Uses for the first steam engines
  • Year in which James Watt introduced his version of the steam engine
  • Fuel used in early steam engines
  • Steam engine country of origin

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the invention of the steam engine
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about fuel for steam engines and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding James Watt and his version of the steam engine

Additional Learning

To learn more about the Industrial Revolution, review the lesson Steam Engine: Definition, Invention & History. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe early steam engines
  • Explain how steam engines fit into a wider understanding of the Industrial Revolution
  • Identify James Watt's contributions to steam engine invention and production
  • Know when and where the first steam engines were introduced
  • Understand the impact steam engines had on world economies