Sam Brannan and the Gold Rush: Biography & History


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What religious faith was Sam Brannan associated with?

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1. What was the name of the newspaper that Sam Brannan edited in San Francisco which he used to publicize the Gold Rush?

2. How did Sam Brannan primarily become wealthy during the Gold Rush?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The California Gold Rush was the source of fortunes and lives made and lost. This quiz deals with one of the men who not only benefited from the Gold Rush, but also was one of its most influential promoters.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will gauge your knowledge on the following subjects:

  • Individual who saw to it that Brannan was excommunicated from his church
  • San Francisco newspaper edited by Brannan
  • Brannan's religious association
  • San Francisco crime-fighting group of which Brannan was a member
  • How Brannan became rich during the Gold Rush

Skills Practiced

The quiz and worksheet allow students to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most relevant information from the related lesson on Sam Brannan's life
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the California Gold rush in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding some defining facets of Sam Brannan's life
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Sam Brannan

Additional Learning

To learn more about Sam Brannan's life and especially his activities in California, read through the accompanying lesson entitled Sam Brannan and the Gold Rush: Biography and Lesson. The lesson deals with the following objectives:

  • Comment on the circumstances and reason that led Brannan to migrate to California
  • Discuss why Brannan moved to Sacramento, what he observed and what he decided to do to capitalize on the situation
  • Explain the purpose of the Society of California Pioneers
  • Describe Brannan's activities in the Napa Valley
  • Investigate the causes of Brannan's conflict with his church
  • Illustrate Brannan's situation at the end of his life and some of the things that brought this about