The Transition from Isolationism to Expansion in the U.S.


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Which of the following did not influence America's outward expansion in the late 19th century?

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1. Which of the following was not a justification for America's expansion?

2. Which of the following Pacific islands did the U.S. come to control in the 1890s?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

When studying the history of the United States, you should make sure that you understand some of the major concepts that drove U.S. policy at various points in the country's history. Two highly significant concepts were those of isolationism and expansion. You can test your understanding of these principles and their effects on U.S. history by answering the questions located in this online quiz and worksheet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz and worksheet, you will be tested on:

  • Influences on America's outward expansion
  • Justifications for America's expansion
  • Areas attained by the U.S.
  • U.S. military actions in other countries

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - answer these questions to test your recollection of major examples of isolationism and expansion in United States history
  • Reading comprehension - test your understanding of the causes and justifications for American activities during this time period
  • Making connections - draw the connections between these guiding principles and specific actions by the United States

Additional Learning

You can learn more about this subject by reading the associated lesson called The Transition from Isolationism to Expansion in the U.S. This lesson will go over topics such as:

  • Why the U.S. expanded
  • Shifting from isolationism to expansionism
  • American territories and military actions
  • The Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine