The Age of Discovery: Timeline & Explorers - Quiz & Worksheet


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Who was the first European to reach the Pacific Ocean (by way of the Atlantic)?

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1. Who searched for a Fountain of Youth in Florida?

2. What other term is used interchangeably for the Age of Discovery?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In a quest to find a sea route to the East Indies, explorers made a startling new discovery - new lands. The realization that previously unexplored lands existed led to an unprecedented wave of sea expeditions as countries raced to claim these lands as their own. This quiz and worksheet combination will check your understanding of key historical figures during this era, significant discoveries they made, and the routes that led them there.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test students on the following information:

  • First European to reach the Pacific Ocean
  • Definitions of key terms
  • Claiming of North America for England
  • Explorer who searched for the Fountain of Youth

Skills Practiced

Students taking this quiz will practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the Age of Discovery
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about conquests and exploration in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about specific explorers and their expeditions

Additional Learning

Read the lesson on the Age of Discovery to learn more about this era of exploration. The lesson, together with its companion quiz and worksheet, contains the following objectives:

  • Discuss how the search for a sea route to the East Indies led to a race for land in the New World
  • Identify the significance of Christopher Columbus' accidental discovery
  • Explain why the Age of Discovery came to an end