Transcontinental Railroad: Construction, History & Impact


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What is one reason that construction on the Union Pacific started slowly?

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1. Where were the majority of workers on the Central Pacific from?

2. Where did the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific meet?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Transcontinental Railroad had a huge impact on American migration and industry, and this quiz/worksheet combo will test you on how the railroad was built and its impact. You will specifically be tested on the railroad's impact on Native Americans.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Why work on the Transcontinental Railroad started slowly
  • Where the Central Pacific and Union Pacific lines met
  • Demographics of the railroad workers
  • Native American tribal conflict that arose from the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad
  • Positive and negative impacts of the Transcontinental Railroad

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 Transcontinental Railroad history lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about how minorities and Native Americans were impacted by the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Central Pacific and Union Pacific train lines

Additional Learning

To learn more about the Transcontinental Railroad, review the following lesson: Transcontinental Railroad History. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the impact of the Transcontinental railroad on U.S. travel and the economy
  • Identify the two rail lines that were connected to form the Transcontinental Railroad
  • Understand why Native American tribes were opposed to the building of the Transcontinental Railroad