On the Move: The Transportation Revolution

Review Questions

Which of the following was not a factor in the transportation revolution?

  1. the steam-powered locomotive
  2. the canal system
  3. the combustion engine
  4. the government-funded road system



What was the significance of the Cumberland Road?

  1. It gave settlers a quicker way to move west.
  2. It reduced the time it took to move goods from New York Harbor to Lake Erie.
  3. It improved trade from the Port of New Orleans.
  4. It was the first paved road.



What were the benefits of the transportation revolution?


The Cumberland Road made transportation to the West easier for new settlers. The Erie Canal facilitated trade with the West by connecting the Hudson River to Lake Erie. Railroads shortened transportation times throughout the country, making it easier and less expensive to move people and goods.