Complete this assessment to find out what you know about the Iroquois Confederacy and its influence on the development of the US Constitution. Use the assessment before and after completing the project to determine what you have learned.

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Please answer the questions below.

1740 Map of America


1. On the map above, the three colors (yellow, tan and pink) highlight areas controlled by European powers in 1740. What European country controlled which shaded area?

Yellow ____________, Tan____________ and Pink_____________.

2. Which two of these European powers were in conflict with each other over the area controlled by the Iroquois Confederacy.

3. The areas which border each other and include the home lands of the Iroquois Confederacy are part of which of the 50 United States.


Directions: Please write the correct letter for each question on the line provided.


______4. Before the Revolution, which group was governed by a Democracy.

a) The British     b) The Iroquois Confederacy     c) The Colonists      d) The French


______5. Which Founding Father was the first head of Pennsylvania's Bureau of Indian Affairs?

a) Ben Franklin    b) George Washington  c) Thomas Jefferson   d) George Morgan


______6. TRUE/FALSE: It is the women of the Iroquois Confederacy who nominate leaders to serve on the tribal council.


______7. TRUE/FALSE: Wampum diplomacy is the use of Indian money to buy land.



Vocabulary- The Iroquois and the Constitution


Directions: Write the letter of the correct definition next to the word in the left column.

_____1. Confederacy  
 A. Indian chief of Iroquois Confederacy
_____2. Oratory

 B. Beads of polished shells, used as ceremonial pledges, money and reminders of oral histories

_____3. Treaty
 C. The art of speaking well in public
_____4. Sachem
 D. A tribe of the Iroquois Confederacy
_____5. Ethnocentrism 
 E. Freedom from the rule of others
_____6. Onondaga
 F. Negotiated agreement between governments

 G. The belief that one’s group is better than others

 H. People or nations united for a common purpose


Directions: Please write a short essay on each question.                    

7. Explain what the Great Law of Peace is and give two examples of how it is similar to the US Constitution.






8. What is the Iroquois Confederacy?







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