Invention of the Steel Plow in 1837: History & John Deere

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Why was it difficult for western farmers to plow with the traditional cast iron plows?

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1. How did Deere's new plow help farmers till crops more efficiently?

2. Why was Deere's plow called the grasshopper plow?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The invention of the steel plow had a large impact on American agriculture. This combination of quiz and worksheet will test what you know about the advantages of the steel plow and its effect on the economy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The practice questions will ask you about the following:

  • Difficulties involved in plowing with cast iron
  • How the steel plow helped farmers till crops more efficiently
  • Why this plow was called the grasshopper plow
  • Person who invented the first successful steel plow
  • Impact of the steel plow on agriculture

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the invention of the steel plow
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about advances in American agriculture in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the development of the steel plow
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the advantages and impact of the steel plow

Additional Learning

To learn more about this important agricultural innovation, review the corresponding lesson on the Invention of the Steel Plow. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Discuss the history of the plow in America
  • Learn about the invention of the steel plow
  • Examine how the inventor publicized the steel plow
  • Discuss the inventor and his legacy
  • Explore how the steel plow revolutionized agriculture
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