The Louisiana Purchase of 1803: Summary, Facts & Importance


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Which country sold Louisiana to the United States?

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1. All or part of how many states were created from the Louisiana Purchase?

2. Which city did Thomas Jefferson want to buy when he was offered all of Louisiana?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Louisiana Purchase was a critical step in building the United States into a country that stretched 'from sea to shining sea,' and this quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of the history of the deal. You'll be tested on who the important actors were in the deal and why the land included in the Louisiana purchase was considered valuable.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The number of states created from the Louisiana Purchase
  • Which country the United States worked with to get the Louisiana Purchase
  • How much the Louisiana Purchase cost
  • Thomas Jefferson's motive for buying Louisiana
  • First explorers of the Louisiana territories

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the Louisiana Purchase
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding important French and American statesmen involved in the Louisiana Purchase
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the significance of the Louisiana Purchase and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about the Louisiana Purchase, review the accompanying lesson. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Distinguish why the U.S. wanted to buy Louisiana and why France wanted to sell Louisiana
  • Understand the importance of the Louisiana purchase in U.S. history
  • Identify the roles played by Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and Robert Livingston in finalizing the Louisiana Purchase
  • Understand the consequences of the Louisiana Purchase for the native peoples who lived there