Westward Expansion: The Homestead Act of 1862 & the Frontier Thesis


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How was the railroad both an asset and a detriment to the frontier?

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1. Which person was the first to settle on the frontier in the mid-19th century?

2. How did the Homestead Act successfully populate the frontier?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help check your understanding of the lesson on the westward expansion of the American frontier. Some of the details that you will be assessed on include claims and opinions from that time period on the topic.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Factors in 19th century westward expansion
  • Effect of the Homestead Act
  • Group that helped open the frontier after the mid-1800s

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 lesson on the westward expansion of the American frontier
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the role of a specific group of individuals in the expansion
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Frederick Jackson Turner's view on the frontier expansion

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson on the westward expansion of the American frontier. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the first group to 'open' the west
  • Understand the purpose and effect of the Homestead Act
  • Recognize the impact of technology and government on western farm life
  • Know the debate over the arguments presented by Turner