Smallpox & Native American Populations


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What is smallpox?

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1. Where did smallpox first appear in the Western Hemisphere?

2. Why was it impossible for Europeans to catch smallpox?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of smallpox and Native Americans. Specific information you should focus on includes where smallpox was first seen in the Western Hemisphere and why it was impossible for Europeans to spot smallpox.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to evaluate your knowledge of:

  • When smallpox was first seen in the Western Hemisphere
  • Factors that lead to the spread of smallpox
  • Definition of smallpox
  • Relationship between Amerindian history and smallpox
  • Reason why it was impossible for Europeans to catch smallpox

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the relationship between Amerindian history and smallpox
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as smallpox
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on smallpox and Native Americans

Additional Learning

To learn more about smallpox and Native Americans, review the lesson titled, Smallpox & Native American Populations. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Recall significant information about Amerindians
  • Explore how smallpox was spread and how it affected people
  • Identify who the Taino are and how they were affected by smallpox
  • Discover what the Amerindians thought about smallpox