The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas


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The Columbian Exchange is a term used to describe _____.

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1. Mundus Novus was a European term for _____.

2. Which of the reasons for exploration did Christopher Columbus express to his financial backers, Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help check your understanding of the reasons for European exploration of the New World. Some of the details that you will be assessed on include the term 'Mundus Novus'.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The Columbian Exchange
  • Financing Columbus' journey
  • Reasons for the Age of Discovery

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the reasons for European exploration of the New World
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the figure known as 'The Navigator'
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the reasons for the Age of Discovery

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the three main factors prompting European exploration
  • Read paraphrased quotes of Columbus
  • Learn about several European explorers