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Mini-Quiz: George Westinghouse

by Ron Kurtus (revised 23 October 2011)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.



1. Why did Westinghouse start inventing?

He was always interested in machines

His father forced him to work for a living

He saw it as a way to leave the farm

2. What was his greatest achievement?

Inventing the electric light bulb

Beating Edison and leading the way with electric power

Meeting Tesla and discussing politics with him

3. What was the cause of Westinghouse's failure?

Financial panic when over-invested

The country returned to DC electricity, ruining his business

Tesla wanted a $12 million bonus

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in Learning from Biographies. If you had problems, look over the material again.


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Resources and references

Ron Kurtus' Credentials

Websites

George Westinghouse - Biography from Wikipedia

George Westinghouse inventor - History of Westinghouse as an inventor

About George Westinghouse - The Wilmerding News, September 30, 1904

Inside Westinghouse Works - About Westinghouse's factory

Also, Westinghouse career was intertwined with that of Edison and Tesla:

Thomas Edison's Life

Nikola Tesla's Life

"No Sure Thing" by Dan Ruby, New Media Magazine, January 13, 1998. www.newmedia.com.

Biography Resources

Books

Top-rated books on George Westinghouse


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