The Cotton Gin: Definition, History & Impact


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What year was the cotton gin INVENTED?

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1. What did the cotton gin do? (What was its function?)

2. How did the invention of the cotton gin affect slavery?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of the cotton gin. Topics you'll be assessed on include the year the cotton gin was invented as well as the effects it had on slavery and the South.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Year of the cotton gin invention
  • Cotton gin function
  • Effects cotton gin had on slavery
  • Daily production (in pounds) of lint
  • Growth of cotton industry's effects on the South

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the cotton gin
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of slavery and how it was impacted by the invention of the cotton gin
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the function of the cotton gin
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the invention of the cotton gin and the effects it had on the South

Additional Learning

To learn more about early American inventions, review the accompanying lesson on The Cotton Gin. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe the cotton gin's invention
  • Explain the function and purpose of the cotton gin
  • Identify the meaning of the phrase 'Cotton is King'
  • Relate the impact the cotton gin had on slavery and the South
  • Understand the significance of the cotton gin's invention