Joseph Glidden: Inventions and Biography


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Why was Glidden's invention called The Winner?

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1. Why was barbed wire necessary on the plains?

2. Where did Joseph Glidden get his idea for barbed wire?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Answer these questions to make sure you understand key facts about Joseph Glidden. You will identify what his major invention was used for and how it came to be.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz/worksheet set you'll test your knowledge of major concepts like:

  • The origin of Glidden's patent nickname
  • What barbed wire did to the open plains
  • Glidden's partnership with Isaac Ellwood

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the material, such as why barbed wire was needed on the plains
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding where Glidden got the idea for barbed wire
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what barbed wire was used for and the effects it had on the way of life on the plains

Additional Learning

You can learn more about this famous inventor by reading the lesson titled Joseph Glidden: Inventions & Biography. It will cover topics like:

  • Why Glidden's invention was different from other kinds of barbed wire
  • The benefits of barbed wire over other forms of fencing
  • Joseph Glidden's personal life