Explorers Trivia Quiz
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The voyage of St. Brendan
According to legend, St. Brendan and a group of monks sailed from Ireland to the Bahamas in the sixth century. The type of boat they used would have been a:
Erik the Viking
Norseman Erik the Red discovered rich fertile land in Greenland in the 980s, and persuaded settlers to come from Iceland. The colony flourished, partly because:
B) They found rich mineral deposits
C) The friendly natives helped the settlers
D) The forests provided good building material
The New World
The earliest known European settlement in the Americas is:
B) L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland
C) Machu Pichu, Peru
D) Los Angeles, California
The power of the pen
One early explorer’s journeys would not have been so well known to us if he had not been imprisoned a few years after his travels. His name was:
China at sea
Before the Europeans, the Chinese explored the east African coast and perhaps even doubled the Cape of Good Hope, but then their time of exploration came to an abrupt end. Why?
B) Ming emperors prohibited foreign trade
C) They lost a series of battles to the Portuguese
D) A huge storm sank most of their ships
The point of the keel
It is good to have a keel on a sea-going vessel because:
B) It will warn you of shallow water
C) It keeps the vessel from being blown sideways
D) It strengthens the hull
Ferdinand Magellan is generally known as the first person to circumnavigate (go all the way around) the world. However, he:
B) Probably never really made the voyage at all
C) Abandoned the voyage when he reached Tahiti
D) Took two separate voyages to do it
Which of the following instruments is NOT used for navigation?
Land of Oz
The first European to reach Australia was probably:
B) William Jansz, a Dutch navigator
C) Daniel Defoe, author of “Robinson Crusoe”
D) William Dampier, a pirating adventurer
In 1947, Thor Heyerdahl invented a new type of exploration when he sailed his raft Kon-Tiki to Polynesia. Heyerdahl was trying to prove that ancient peoples could have crossed the ocean to Polynesia from:
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