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Age of Discovery Quiz

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One of the major accomplishments of the Age of Discovery was when what Italian explorer rediscovered the Americas while he was searching for a route to India?
Ferdinand Magellan
Amerigo Vespucci
Christopher Columbus
Vasco de Gama

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In spite of the fact that he was an Italian, Christopher Columbus sailed on behalf of what country when he rediscovered the Americas?
The Holy Roman Empire
France
Great Britain
Spain

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Which of the following was NOT one of the three famous ships Columbus made his first voyage with?
The Pinta
The Santa Maria
The Nina
The Alibaba

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Bartolomeu Diaz went down in history for sailing around the southern tip of what continent?
Africa
South America
Asia
Australia

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What is the common name given to the southern tip of Africa which Bartolomeu Diaz sailed to?
The Cape of Spring Winds
The Cape of Aston's Bluff
The Cape of Joy
The Cape of Good Hope

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One of the barriers preventing traders from sailing through the Mediterranean was the fact that what waterway between Spain and Morocco happened to be guarded by a large navy of united Muslim nations?
The Straits of Gibraltar
The Panam Canal
The Borga Pass
The Rhine River

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The West Indies, found during the Age of Discovery, was a group of islands located in what sea?
The Red Sea
The Bering Sea
The Caribbean Sea
The Dead Sea

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A number of explorers during the Age of Discovery were inspired by what man who traveled the Silk Road and captured his experience in his popular memoirs?
Salvator Medici
Marco Polo
Francisco Pizarro
Giuseppe Garibaldi

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Throughout the Age of Discovery, Ghana became a popular African trading destination that earned which of the following nicknames?
The Jade Coast
The Gold Coast
The Rice Coast
The Pearl Coast

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Francis Xavier is perhaps best-known for being the first man to introduce Christianity to what country during the Age of Discovery?
Japan
India
Mongolia
Thailand

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The 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas divided the New World between what two countries that dominated the Age of Discovery?
The Holy Roman Empire and Greece
Italy and France
Great Britain and France
Spain and Portugal

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One of the major devices that allowed the Age of Discovery to happen was the compass, a tool that always points to what direction?
South
North
West
East

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What explorer is often credited as the first European in history to sail to Asia by going around Africa's southern tip?
Francisco Pizarro
Ferdinand Magellan
Hernan Cortes
Vasco de Gama

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Vasco de Gama touched down in what Asian nation after he passed the Cape of Good Hope?
India
China
Japan
Thailand

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What epic poem central to Portuguese literature detailed a romanticized account of Vasco de Gama's voyage to India?
The Lusiads
The Aeneid
The Iliad
The Odyssey

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Hernan Cortes conquered what civilization in the Americas?
The Mayans
The Aztecs
The Iroquois
The Incas

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Hernan Cortes and his conquistador allies officially conquered the Aztec Empire when they captured what capital city?
Tenochtitlan
Cusco
Machu Picchu
Olmec

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Arguably, the Age of Discovery began in the 1300s when Portugal discovered what group of islands off the coast of Morocco?
The Falklands
The Sandwich Islands
The Bahamas
The Canary Islands

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What was the primary disease which decimated the Aztec and Inca populations as Europeans began colonization?
Influenza
Smallpox
Whooping cough
H.I.V.

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The Americas are named after what explorer?
Julius Amaericanos
Amerigo Vespucci
Amerigana Fhirdiad
Dominic Amerias

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What is the common name given to the economic interchange of raw materials, manufactured goods, slaves, and diseases between Europe and the Americas?
The Pizarran Exchange
The Vespuccian Exchange
The Magellan Exchange
The Columbian Exchange

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The Age of Discovery overlaps with what other age where naval power was central to political, economic, and military influence?
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The Age of Oars
The Age of the Coasts
The Age of the Wave
The Age of Sail

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What European explorer is known as the leader of the first voyage to circumnavigate the globe?
Louis Stapleton
Thomas Howe
Salvator Galliel
Ferdinand Magellan

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The Straits of Magellan, named for explorer Ferdinand Magellan, are found in what country?
Mexico
Chile
Indonesia
Saudi Arabia

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Zheng He was a famous explorer who went on offertory trips trading gold to coastal kingdoms in exchange for peace. What country did Zheng He hail from?
Japan
China
Bangladesh
India

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What is the name of the famous British mercantile organization that handled much of the world's shipping to and from India for centuries?
The British South India Company
The British North India Company
The British West India Company
The British East India Company

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What country excelled in the Age of Discovery thanks to their development of the caravel craft?
The Netherlands
Italy
Portugal
Spain

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What conquistador led the expedition that conquered the Incan Empire?
Gustave Fourtier
Francisco Pizarro
Earl Hudson
Bordin Benard

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What Portuguese prince nicknamed "The Navigator" helped his countrymen to improve their capabilities as explorers?
Prince Henry
Prince Albert
Prince Lionel
Prince Salavin

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Another major maritime development that helped explorers during the Age of Discovery was what type of large vessel which utilized mainly oars to travel?
Drogas
Couriers
Galleys
Spearlarks

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