Seward's Folly: History & Explanation


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From which country did the United States purchase Alaska?

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1. How much did the United States pay for Alaska?

2. What was Senator Charles Sumner's argument for buying Alaska?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Seward's Folly was a popular nickname for the purchase of Alaska, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the event. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of historical events and figures surrounding the U.S. purchase of Alaska.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of the following:

  • Country that sold Alaska to the U.S.
  • Amount the U.S. paid
  • Significance of the name ''Alaska''
  • Alaska's admission to the Union

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related American history lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Seward's Folly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify Senator Sumner's argument supporting the purchase of Alaska

Additional Learning

To learn more about history, review the accompanying lesson titled Seward's Folly: History & Explanation. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the roles of Emperor Alexander II and the Crimean War
  • Know Seward's position in the Jackson administration
  • Understand how the purchase was portrayed in the media
  • Recall Eduard de Stoeckl's role in the negotiations