Thomas Newcomen: Biography, Inventions & the Steam Engine


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Which of the following was not a factor in the invention of the steam engine?

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1. Which part set Newcomen's pump apart from Savery's?

2. How did the piston ring allow Newcomen's engine to work?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and its attached worksheet let you find out what you remember about the inventions of Thomas Newcomen. You must explain what he did that was so revolutionary and why he did it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz and worksheet set you'll see if you understand:

  • The reason Newcomen had to partner with Savery
  • What about the piston ring made Newcomen's pump so effective
  • The clearest sign of Newcomen's success

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the material, such as the major factors in the invention of the steam engine
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as Newcomen's pump and Savery's pump
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding why the piston ring made Newcomen's pump so effective

Additional Learning

For a better understanding of the contributions made by this British inventor, read the lesson titled Thomas Newcomen: Biography, Inventions & the Steam Engine. This lesson will teach you about:

  • The profession of Newcomen when he got his idea
  • Who worked with Newcomen to invent his steam pump
  • The place of Thomas Newcomen's birth