The Starving Time in Jamestown: Definition & John Smith's Role


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The Starving Time in Jamestown, Virginia began in the winter of what year?

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1. In 1609, what famous company from England sent a group of men to claim some land and find gold in the New World?

2. The drought of ____ left the fields of Jamestown, Virginia barren.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Jamestown settlers endured hardship after hardship, but the most difficult period of all is known as the 'Starving Time'. This quiz and worksheet will assess your knowledge of critical dates, figures, and names that pertain to the period.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments determine your knowledge of:

  • How settlers arrived in Jamestown
  • Causes and effects of the Starving Time
  • Dates surrounding this period
  • Leadership in Jamestown

Skills Practiced

Students have the chance to practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to assess the timing of the drought that left fields in Jamestown barren
  • Information recall - access your knowledge of the percentage of colonists who died during this period
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can interpret information about John Smith's role in Jamestown and who replaced him

Additional Learning

By studying the accompanying lesson on The Starving Time in Jamestown: Definition and John Smith's Role, you'll find out more about:

  • Why the location of Jamestown was chosen
  • What caused the food scarcity
  • When supply ships promised to arrive