Andrew Carnegie and the Robber Barons


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Why were business tycoons in the Gilded Age allowed to get away with certain practices that we consider illegal today?

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1. Which of these is NOT associated with the 'Robber Barons?'

2. Why is Andrew Carnegie considered the best representative of the Gilded Age?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Do you know the names of the most well-known corporate leaders of the Second Industrial Revolution and details about one of these men, Andrew Carnegie? Do you know why these men were called robber barons? This quiz/worksheet combo will allow you to test your knowledge of these topics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The man responsible for funding thousands of libraries
  • The time period during which Andrew Carnegie was most influential
  • Terms used to describe robber barons
  • The ability to identify a passage referring to a certain philosophy

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding how men such as Andrew Carnegie were able to build such wealth and power during the Second Industrial Revolution
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding Social Darwinism and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding details of Andrew Carnegie's rise to wealth and success
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Andrew Carnegie and philosophy

Additional Learning

To learn more about the wealthy businessmen of this era, review the accompanying lesson called Andrew Carnegie and the Robber Barons. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe the rise of mega-corporations following the Civil War
  • Learn details about Andrew Carnegie's rise from immigrant to powerful businessman
  • Understand Carnegie's Gospel of Wealth
  • Learn about the Darwinian philosophy of the rich and poor
  • Know detailed information about Carnegie's philanthropic actions