Chapter 5: Essay Questions

Please choose ONE of the following questions to answer in an essay form. The criteria for an acceptable essay must include: a topic sentence, three supporting arguments with examples and a conclusion. The outline below may be used during the quiz but only the outline.

  • What allowed the United States to industrialized very rapidly during the last half of the 19th century?(hint: natural resources, inventions, urban populations and government policies)
  • Do you think that the actions of the industrialist were more beneficial to the United States or were they harmful? (hint: business growth on the US, industry on the individual and effects of consolidation)
  • Consider the major inventions of the late 19th century and early 20th century. List three innovations or inventions and describe how they transformed this nation.

Topic Sentence:


1st argument:


2nd argument:


3rd argument: