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This is not meant to be printed off and given as a test…this document is to give you ideas of how this standard might be assessed. Please use these as an example when you are developing your own formative assessments. Remember formative assessment is to be given throughout the teaching of a standard to help you guide your instruction based on students needs. A good formative assessment should have a mix of multiple choice as well as open ended.
SS4H2 The student will describe European exploration in North America.

a. Describe the reasons for, obstacles to, and accomplishments of the Spanish, French, and English explorations of John Cabot, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, Juan Ponce de León, Christopher Columbus, Henry Hudson, and Jacques Cartier.



b. Describe examples of cooperation and conflict between Europeans and Native Americans.
Multiple Choice:
Which explorer attempted unsuccessfully to discover a northern trade route between Europe and Asia?

  1. Henry Hudson

  2. Jacques Cartier

  3. Juan Ponce de Leon

  4. Vasco Nunez de Balboa

Answer: a
Which explorer led the first expedition up the St. Lawrence River?

  1. John Cabot

  2. Henry Hudson

  3. Jacques Cartier

  4. Juan Ponce de Leon

Answer: c
Which explorer led the first expedition to reach what is now Florida?

  1. John Cabot

  2. Juan Ponce de Leon

  3. Christopher Columbus

  4. Vasco Nunez de Balboa

Answer: b
France based its claim to territory in what is now Canada on the explorations of ________________.

  1. John Cabot

  2. Henry Hudson

  3. Jacques Cartier

  4. Juan Ponce de Leon

Answer: c
The European explorer who sailed for the Dutch in search of the Americas was __________.

  1. John Cabot

  2. Henry Hudson

  3. Jacquez Cartier

  4. Vasco Nunez de Balboa

Answer: b
Which activity was the MAIN reason for cooperation between European settlers and Native Americans?

  1. shipbuilding

  2. the fur trade

  3. woodworking

  4. joint land ownership

Answer: b
Which of these did the explorers NOT share with the Native American groups they encountered?

  1. respect for tradition

  2. respect for family ties

  3. ideas about land ownership

  4. the need to be self-sufficient

Answer: c
The Spanish who lived and worked in missions often forced Native Americans to do which of these?

  1. fight other colonists for them

  2. gather food and water for them

  3. moved farther into the forests area of Georgia

  4. change their languages, religion, and customs

Answer: d
Which of these is a way that Native Americans cooperated with colonial settlers?

  1. they gave them food

  2. they stole their horses

  3. they took over their land

  4. they made war with them

Answer: a


Which route represents the path taken by the European explorer Christopher Columbus?

Answer: B


Open ended:
What led Europeans to explore and settle the Americas in the 1400s and 1500s?
What was the major accomplishment of____________________?

Note: Fill in the blank with the name of an explorer (John Cabot, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, Juan Ponce de León, Christopher Columbus, Henry Hudson, and Jacques Cartier)
Name three obstacles faced by New World explorers.


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