Worksheet 2: Essay Analysis

Read the essay to answer the questions below.

  1. List 3 common uses for wood in America before the advent of the Industrial Revolution.
  2. Describe how the rapid increase in the population of the United States during the latter half of the nineteenth century affected American forests.
  3. How did steamboats place a strain on American forests during the nineteenth century?
  4. What role did the economic principles of supply and demand play in the amount of wood used during the American Industrial Revolution?
  5. Provide two examples of how technology helped to conserve forests during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Supply evidence to support your two examples.
  6. Explain how the nickname "iron road" could be considered a misleading description of nineteenth-century American railroads.
  7. Compare and contrast forest products of the past in the United States with modern goods derived from trees.