Horse and wagon on a summer's day
Horses were commonly used to travel in the 1800s.

Grade 5 Reading Information - Multiple Sources

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When a student is conducting a presentation, he or she will need to pull from multiple sources. This will ensure that the topic is fully covered. Also, if the student is conducting a research project, multiple sources will be used. Pulling from different sources is needed. In this quiz, students will answer questions about the different sources.

Source 1

Riding on different trails to get cattle or for families to travel to a distant area of the country required devoting a long time by horse and wagon in the 1800s. Many families would have to prepare for long periods of time prior to the trip. For instance, families who traveled on the Oregon Trail would need to bring extra supplies like wagon wheels and axes in case one become damaged during the route. Surplus food and water needed to be in the wagon. There would be times when families hunted animals in the woods along the trail for food. Also, water was found along the trail in rivers and ponds. However, it could take days before either food or water was acquired along the trail.

Source 2

In the mid-1800s, a new form of transportation was invented and created in order to allow faster movement between major cities. Many people during this time traveled by train so that they could get safely to another town or city in a rather short amount of time. Compared to traveling by horse, the traveler did not have to rely on an animal to get to another city. Over time, the cost of a train trip would become less and less, as well as trains traveling further and further across the country.

Source 3

Steamships were being updated during the 1800s. Instead of using steamships to travel, cargo was usually taken on ships during this time especially when traveling along rivers. The Mississippi River was known for seeing many ships carrying supplies from merchants and companies down the river to New Orleans. However, some passengers would use steamships to cross the oceans and down major rivers.

Source 4

In the early 1800s, the stagecoach was still being used by people who lived in major cities. A driver was employed to drive the stagecoach which resembled a large wagon. The customers would load their luggage on top of the coach and strap it in. Tickets would be purchased in advance to ride the stagecoach to another city. When the train and railroad systems were invented, stagecoaches finally died out. Yet, the stagecoach was used for a few hundred years prior to the 19th century.
1.
Read all four sources about traveling long distances in the 1800s.
What information below can be found in Source 1 but not in the other sources?
While traveling on a stagecoach, the passengers did not have to drive the vehicle.
After a few years, the railway system allowed people to travel who once traveled on the Oregon Trail.
One type of transportation allowed supplies to be moved down a river.
If people traveled by wagon, they had access to water and hunting food on the trail.
Traveling by wagon allowed the rider to depart the wagon in order to find food and water.
2.
Read all four sources about traveling long distances in the 1800s.
What information below can be found in Source 2 but not in the other sources?
One type of transportation allowed supplies to be moved down a river.
If people traveled by wagon, they had access to water and hunting food on the trail.
While traveling on a stagecoach, the passengers did not have to drive the vehicle.
After a few years, the railway system allowed people to travel who once traveled on the Oregon Trail.
The train provided people with a way to travel long distances in a safer way than previous modes of transportation.
3.
Read all four sources about traveling long distances in the 1800s.
Which source provides information about using transportation in order to do a job?
Source 1
Source 2
Source 3
Source 4
The first source explains that some people had to ride on a horse in order to get cattle to another area.
4.
Read all four sources about traveling long distances in the 1800s.
What information below can be found in Source 3 but not in the other sources?
If people traveled by wagon, they had access to water and hunting food on the trail.
While traveling on a stagecoach, the passengers did not have to drive the vehicle.
After a few years, the railway system allowed people to travel who once traveled on the Oregon Trail.
One type of transportation allowed supplies to be moved down a river.
The Mississippi River was used extensively for transporting goods.
5.
Read all four sources about traveling long distances in the 1800s.
Which source contains information about a mode of transportation coming to an end due to the invention of the railway system?
Source 1
Source 2
Source 3
Source 4
The last source explains how the stagecoach was a dominant mode of transportation before the train invention came along.
6.
Read all four sources about traveling long distances in the 1800s.
Which source contains information about depending upon the health and well-being of an animal for transportation?
Source 1
Source 2
Source 3
Source 4
Source 2 presents information that horses were relied upon for transportation.
7.
Read all four sources about traveling long distances in the 1800s.
Which mode of transportation would a family take if they were making a quick visit to see relatives in another city in the 1850s?
A horse
A stagecoach
A train
A steamship
Most likely, the train would be used since the stagecoach stopped running around the 1830s.
8.
Read all four sources about traveling long distances in the 1800s.
What information below can be found in Source 4 but not in the other sources?
After a few years, the railway system allowed people to travel who once traveled on the Oregon Trail.
One type of transportation allowed supplies to be moved down a river.
If people traveled by wagon, they had access to water and hunting food on the trail.
While traveling on a stagecoach, the passengers did not have to drive the vehicle.
One benefit of one of the earliest forms of transportation was that a driver was hired to drive the stagecoach.
9.
Read all four sources about traveling long distances in the 1800s.
As a merchant of goods, what mode of transportation would benefit his job the most?
A horse
A stagecoach
A train
A steamship
A steamship would be used for transporting a merchant's goods if they lived close enough to a river.
10.
Read all four sources about traveling long distances in the 1800s.
Which source contains information about traveling using the waterways?
Source 1
Source 2
Source 3
Source 4
The third source provides information about the steamships.
Author:  Amy Flanders

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