Part 3: The Lewis and Clark Expedition

Questions: Sections 1-3

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who was the U.S. President who purchased the Louisiana Territory for the United States?
  2. Who were the commanders of the Corps of Discovery?
  3. What boats did Lewis and Clark use when they left St. Louis?
  4. Who was the only member of the expedition to lose his life? What happened to him?
  5. Which agricultural tribe did Lewis and Clark meet near present-day Mobridge, South Dakota?
  6. What shocked the Arikara chief who traveled with Lewis and Clark?

Critical Thinking Questions

  1. Which of the four goals of the expedition do you think was the most important? Explain.
  2. Why didn’t the men just let the keelboat drift with the current rather than working so hard to move it along?