Westward Bound: The Lewis and Clark Quiz
by Staff
Join us as we navigate white waters, slog through rainy winters, trudge over mountains, see the Pacific — and then do it all over again on the way back. Take this quiz to test how well you know Lewis, Clark and the whole crew.

Let's get some basics down first. Who was president of the United States during the Lewis and Clark expedition?

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Zachary Taylor

What is Lewis' first name?

  • Jeremiah
  • Meriwether
  • John

What was Clark's first name?

  • John
  • William
  • Samuel

Let's talk a little about Lewis first. Where did he primarily spend his time before the expedition?

  • New Jersey
  • Missouri
  • Virginia

After several years of military service, Lewis served as what?

  • the governor of Virginia
  • Thomas Jefferson's personal secretary
  • a lawyer

Clark also served in the military, but where did he call home before the expedition?

  • Missouri
  • Virginia
  • Kentucky

How much did Thomas Jefferson ask Congress for when trying to fund the Lewis and Clark expedition?

  • $10,000
  • $2,500
  • nothing

Jefferson asked Lewis to head the expedition. Who asked Clark to join him?

  • Lewis
  • Jefferson
  • Congress

Lewis asked for Clark to be made a captain on the expedition, but he was denied. What happened?

  • Clark refused to go until the rank was given.
  • Lewis refused his own rank.
  • They both called each other "captain" to the crew to make their partnership equal, regardless of their actual ranks.

Where did the expedition leave from?

  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • St. Louis

What was a nickname for the expedition?

  • Brothers in Arms
  • Corps of Discovery
  • Friendship Hikers

How many people made up the "permanent" company?

  • 14
  • 33
  • 65

What was the name of the dog that came with them?

  • Seaman
  • Johnny Cakes
  • Mr. Ribbons

How long was the expedition?

  • 4,000 miles (6,000 kilometers)
  • 3,000 miles
  • 8,000 miles

How long did the whole expedition take, from St. Louis to the Pacific and back again?

  • a year and a half
  • over two years
  • six years

Which captain recorded new botanical and wildlife discoveries?

  • Clark
  • Lewis
  • neither

Clark was largely responsible for …

  • cooking
  • being responsible for pay
  • water navigation and mapping

Lewis and Clark also brought along …

  • a prostitute
  • an African-American slave
  • an astronomer

How many people from the company died on the journey?

  • one
  • seventeen
  • seven

Where did the company spend the 1804-05 winter?

  • Kansas
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska

Who joined the party at Fort Mandan?

  • Sacagawea
  • Lewis' brother Richard
  • a prostitute

Sacagawea gave birth in February, and the crew departed in …

  • August
  • July
  • April

The baby was named Jean Baptiste, but he acquired what nickname?

  • Kitten
  • Johnny B
  • Pompy, or Pomp

Sacagawea was useful not just for her language skills, but she also helped …

  • identify landmarks and useful routes
  • map the land
  • navigate the canoes

The company was lucky to be helped by several Native American guides. Old Toby was a Shoshone who guided them …

  • across the Bitterroot mountain range
  • down the Missouri
  • through the Columbia Gorge

What river finally took the expedition to the Pacific Ocean?

  • the Clearwater
  • the Snake
  • the Columbia

On seeing the ocean, what did Clark write in his journal?

  • "O! The joy!"
  • "Hallelujah."
  • "stupid ocin finaly"

The crew voted on where to spend the winter. Who did NOT get a vote?

  • Seaman
  • Sacagawea
  • York

The trip back took how long?

  • four weeks
  • about six months
  • a year

How much did the total expedition cost?

  • $38,000
  • $12,000
  • $54,000