The Oregon Trail: Westward Migration to the Pacific Ocean


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Which of the following defines Manifest Destiny?

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1. How did John Quincy Adams's view on expansionism differ from that of most expansionists?

2. Why was there so much popular support for expansionism?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Americans in the 19th century were eager for expansion, and the Oregon Trail is an important part of the history of American western expansion. In this quiz, you'll be asked to recall terms pertaining to the Oregon Trail, as well as the figures who played a part in expansion.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

When it comes to The Oregon Trail, the goal of this quiz is to see how well you know:

  • James Polk's role in American expansion
  • Reasons Americans supported expansion
  • John O'Sullivan's role in American expansion
  • The definition of Manifest Destiny
  • James Monroe's role in American expansion

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - draw relevant information from the lesson on the Oregon Trail
  • Information recall - remember the knowledge you've acquired about Manifest Destiny
  • Knowledge application - use this knowledge to successfully answer questions about Americans' support of expansion

Additional Learning

More info on the Oregon Trail is available in the lesson fittingly titled The Oregon Trail: Westward Migration to the Pacific Ocean, including:

  • The history of 1800s American expansion
  • Description of the Oregon Trail
  • Famous politicians and their hand in American expansion
  • Reasons for American expansion
  • The history of the phrase Manifest Destiny