The Columbian Exchange, Global Trade & Mercantilism


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What precious metal made the Spanish very rich from Potosi?

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1. The practice of limiting trade in ports to ships of a certain nationality was called _____ .

2. Which European empire caused the most damage to the Chinese economy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The world changed dramatically when global trade became possible, and the quiz/worksheet duo has been written to measure what you know about the Columbian exchange, global trade, and mercantilism. The quiz contains questions about people and countries that played a large part in the growth of global trade.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will test you on these definitions and concepts:

  • Limiting trade to ships of a certain nationality
  • Explorer that opened sea routes linking the Americas with Europe
  • Valuable metal found in Potosi and mined by Spain
  • European empire that damaged the Chinese economy

Skills Practiced

Utilize the quiz and worksheet to prove how adept you are at implementing these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about the Columbian exchange, global trade and mercantilism from the related lesson
  • Making connections - use your knowledge of early global trade to understand how Spain became weak because of their tremendous profit growth
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the collapse of the Chinese economy and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding new trade routes between the Americas and Europe

Additional Learning

Learn more by reading the accompanying lesson called The Columbian Exchange, Global Trade & Mercantilism. You will find these objectives met within the lesson:

  • Define the Silk Road
  • Learn about European explorers that made global trade possible
  • Know how the thriving sea trade between the East China Sea and Africa was altered by the arrival of Europeans
  • Understand why the Ming Dynasty collapsed in China