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Invention of the Telegraph: History & Overview

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Which of the following inventors did NOT set up an early telegraph system?

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1. Samuel Morse first tested his long-distance telegraph system in _____.

2. What invention helped spur the creation of the electric telegraph?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and its associated worksheet are an easy way to test what you know about the development of the telegraph and its early implementation. Some of the things you'll be quizzed on include the year the transatlantic telegraph cable was laid and the invention that helped to spur the creation of the electric telegraph.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz questions will ask you about the following:

  • Inventors who set up early telegraph systems
  • Year Samuel Morse first tested his long-distance telegraph system
  • Invention that helped the creation of the electric telegraph
  • Year the first cable connecting North America and Europe was laid
  • Inventor who partnered with Morse and created the electromagnets that made the long-distance telegraph possible

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related US history lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about innovations in early communications systems in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the creation of the electric telegraph

Additional Learning

To learn more about this innovation, review the corresponding lesson titled Invention of the Telegraph: History & Overview. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Discuss precursors to the telegraph
  • Learn about the technological invention that spurred the invention of the telegraph
  • Explore the roles of Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail in the development of the telegraph
  • Discuss the use of the telegraph in Europe and North America
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