Ultimate Quiz On Causes Of The Civil War

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This quiz aligns with the following AKS: 37a - rank and analyze the importance of key issues and events that led to the Civil War including slavery, states rights, nullification, Missouri Compromise, Compromise of 1850, Georgia Platform, Kansas-Nebraska Act, Dred Scott case, and election of 1860, 37b - explain the debate over secession in Georgia and the role of Alexander Stephens


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which statement BEST explains why there are so few accounts written by slaves about their lives during the antebellum era?
    • A. 

      It was illegal for slaves to learn to read and write.

    • B. 

      Only abolitionist leaders wrote books about slavery

    • C. 

      Books about slavery were not as popular as other books.

    • D. 

      Slaves were not willing to write about the horrors of slavery.

  • 2. 
    What was the purpose of the Missouri Compromise?
    • A. 

      To allow slavery in Missouri until 1850.

    • B. 

      To allow slavery in Maine, but not Missouri.

    • C. 

      To maintain a balance of slave and Free states.

    • D. 

      To return slaves captured in Free states to slave states.

  • 3. 
    Which was a result of the Compromise of 1850?
    • A. 

      Owning slaves was forbidden in Washington, D.C.

    • B. 

      Slavery was permitted in the new state of California.

    • C. 

      Importation of slaves in all American ports was declared illegal.

    • D. 

      Runaway slaves had to be returned to southern owners.

  • 4. 
    The following were conditions of the Compromise of 1850.   ·         California came into the Union as a free state ·         Slave trading was ended in the District of Columbia ·         Texas gave up its idea of annexing New Mexico, thus taking that territory away from a slave state What section of the country did these conditions benefit?
    • A. 

      North

    • B. 

      South

    • C. 

      East Coast

    • D. 

      California

  • 5. 
    How did the Kansas-Nebraska Act change the Missouri Compromise
    • A. 

      It admitted Missouri to the Union as a free state

    • B. 

      It created the territories of Kansas and Nebraska

    • C. 

      It allowed slavery north of Missouri's southern boundary

    • D. 

      It changed the requirements necessary for a territory to become a state

  • 6. 
    Someone who believed in states’ rights would probably support which statement?
    • A. 

      National laws are always more important than state laws.

    • B. 

      The national government has no right to tell states how to operate.

    • C. 

      States can only pass legislation on issues set out in the U.S. Constitution.

    • D. 

      D. Disputes between states should always be settled by the national government.

  • 7. 
    The belief that a state could vote down, or ignore a federal law was known as ____.
    • A. 

      Ratification

    • B. 

      Nullification

    • C. 

      Popular sovereignty

    • D. 

      Veto

  • 8. 
    Which statement BEST explains how the Dred Scott decision pushed the nation closer to war?
    • A. 

      The Supreme Court ruled that, slaves were required to register when they moved states.

    • B. 

      The Supreme Court ruled that slavery was not a legal right of the southern states.

    • C. 

      The Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could not stop slavery in the territories.

    • D. 

      The Supreme Court ruled that slave owners had to be reimbursed for slaves who escaped on the Underground Railroad

  • 9. 
    Which of the following could be considered to have had the most immediate impact on causing the Southern states to secede?
    • A. 

      the Dred Scott Case

    • B. 

      The Election of 1860

    • C. 

      The Missouri Compromise

    • D. 

      The Kansas-Nebraska Act

  • 10. 
    Which region of the United States believed that the states should be able to govern themselves without interference from the national government?
    • A. 

      Southern states

    • B. 

      Northern states

    • C. 

      Great Lakes states

    • D. 

      Pacific Coast states

  • 11. 
    Which Confederate official was from Georgia?
    • A. 

      Jefferson Davis, the president

    • B. 

      Lyman Hall, the secretary of state

    • C. 

      Alexander Stephens, the vice-president

    • D. 

      William Sherman, the commander in chief

  • 12. 
    After the election of Abraham Lincoln, the debate whether Georgia should leave the Union was split.  How did Lincoln’s victory change Alexander Stephens’ opinion on secession?
    • A. 

      He was upset at the election of Lincoln and wanted to leave the Union immediately.

    • B. 

      He wanted to remain part of the United States and promised to leave the South if it did not.

    • C. 

      He was happy about the election of Lincoln and wanted a final solution to the slave issue

    • D. 

      He felt Georgia should stay in the Union and fulfill its obligations to the United States and the US Constitution and fix the problems from within the current form of government.

  • 13. 
    The Georgia Platform was a statement supporting ___.
    • A. 

      States' Rights

    • B. 

      Popular Sovereignty

    • C. 

      Compromise of 1850

    • D. 

      Slavery throughout the United States

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