Pacific Railway Act of 1862: Definition & Summary


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Which president signed the Pacific Railway Act of 1862?

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1. Which state did the president hope to convince to stay in the Union by signing the Pacific Railway Act?

2. According to the Pacific Railway Act, which company was authorized to build the railroad from the east?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Pacific Railway Act of 1862 helped join the East and West coasts by rail and served as an important step in the development of the United States. This quiz and worksheet combination aims to check the knowledge you gained through the lesson by asking questions relating to the purpose behind and implementation of the act.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will feature questions on:

  • What president signed the act
  • Purpose of the act
  • Company hired to build the railroad

Skills Practiced

As you review the lesson, remember the following study skills will be tested when you take the quiz:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related U.S. history lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the incentives offered for completing the railway
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about why the railway was built

Additional Learning

If you wish to learn more, review the lesson Pacific Railway Act of 1862: Definition & Summary, which will address the following topics:

  • Debate over how to pay for the transcontinental railroad
  • U.S. government's role in railroads
  • Thomas Durant and the Credit Mobilier scam