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  • 1. 

    Who won the election of 1860?  

    • A.

      Abraham Lincoln

    • B.

      Stephen Douglas

    • C.

      John Bell

    • D.

      John Breckinridge

    Correct Answer
    A. Abraham Lincoln
    Explanation
    Abraham Lincoln won the election of 1860. This is because he was the candidate who received the majority of the electoral votes and became the 16th President of the United States. His victory in this election was significant as it led to a series of events that eventually culminated in the American Civil War.

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  • 2. 

    What geographic region of the nation determined the winner of the election of 1860?

    • A.

      South

    • B.

      North

    • C.

      East

    • D.

      Southwest

    Correct Answer
    B. North
    Explanation
    The geographic region of the nation that determined the winner of the election of 1860 was the North. This can be attributed to the fact that the Republican candidate, Abraham Lincoln, had strong support in the Northern states, while the Southern states largely supported other candidates or seceded from the Union altogether. Lincoln's victory in the Northern states gave him the necessary electoral votes to win the presidency.

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  • 3. 

    How did the southern states react to the outcome of the election of 1860?

    • A.

      They declared war

    • B.

      They celebrated

    • C.

      They freed their slaves

    • D.

      They seceded

    Correct Answer
    D. They seceded
    Explanation
    The southern states reacted to the outcome of the election of 1860 by seceding. This means that they chose to withdraw from the United States and form their own separate government. The election of Abraham Lincoln as president, who was against the expansion of slavery, was a major factor in their decision to secede. This ultimately led to the American Civil War.

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  • 4. 

    Why was it important for Maryland to remain loyal to the Union?

    • A.

      To capture Fort Sumter

    • B.

      To prevent Washington D.C. from being stuck in enemy territory

    • C.

      Because they were allies with the British

    • D.

      Because they banned slavery

    Correct Answer
    B. To prevent Washington D.C. from being stuck in enemy territory
    Explanation
    It was important for Maryland to remain loyal to the Union in order to prevent Washington D.C. from being stuck in enemy territory. Maryland's location made it a crucial border state during the Civil War, as it bordered both the Union and Confederate states. If Maryland had joined the Confederacy, it would have surrounded the capital city of Washington D.C., potentially cutting off vital supply lines and isolating the Union government. By remaining loyal to the Union, Maryland ensured that the capital would not be surrounded by enemy territory and could continue to function as the seat of government.

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  • 5. 

    What occurred at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861?

    • A.

      John Brown led an attack to start a slave revolt

    • B.

      Abraham Lincoln was assassinated

    • C.

      The south fired on the fort, starting the Civil War

    • D.

      The south voted to secede

    Correct Answer
    C. The south fired on the fort, starting the Civil War
    Explanation
    On April 12, 1861, an event occurred at Fort Sumter where the south fired on the fort, which marked the beginning of the Civil War. This act of aggression by the Confederate forces against the Union-controlled fort escalated tensions between the North and the South, ultimately leading to a full-scale war. The attack on Fort Sumter is considered a significant event in American history as it symbolizes the start of a long and bloody conflict that would shape the nation's future.

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  • 6. 

    Which of the following is NOT related to the northern states?

    • A.

      President Abraham Lincoln

    • B.

      Fighting to keep the country together

    • C.

      Also known as the Union

    • D.

      Capital is Richmond, Virginia

    Correct Answer
    D. Capital is Richmond, Virginia
    Explanation
    The question asks for something that is NOT related to the northern states. The options given are President Abraham Lincoln, fighting to keep the country together, also known as the Union, and capital is Richmond, Virginia. President Abraham Lincoln and fighting to keep the country together are both related to the northern states as Lincoln was the president during the Civil War and fought to preserve the Union, which included the northern states. Richmond, Virginia, on the other hand, is the capital of the Confederate States of America, which was made up of southern states. Therefore, the correct answer is that the capital being Richmond, Virginia is NOT related to the northern states.

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  • 7. 

    Which of the following is NOT related to the southern states?

    • A.

      Robert E. Lee

    • B.

      Started the war by firing on Fort Sumter

    • C.

      Fighting for to keep the country together

    • D.

      Also called the Confederacy

    Correct Answer
    C. Fighting for to keep the country together
    Explanation
    The given answer, "fighting for to keep the country together," is not related to the southern states because it is actually related to the northern states. The southern states, also known as the Confederacy, fought in the American Civil War to secede from the United States and form their own separate country, while the northern states fought to preserve the unity of the country.

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  • 8. 

    Which of the following was NOT a military advantage of the northern states?

    • A.

      Home field advantage

    • B.

      More railroads

    • C.

      More people

    • D.

      More factories

    Correct Answer
    A. Home field advantage
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "home field advantage" because it refers to the advantage of fighting on familiar territory, which is not specific to the northern states. The other options, such as more railroads, more people, and more factories, were all military advantages that the northern states had during the Civil War.

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  • 9. 

    Which of the following was NOT a military advantage of the southern states?

    • A.

      Better military leaders

    • B.

      More people

    • C.

      Fighting on home soil

    • D.

      Fighting a defensive war

    Correct Answer
    B. More people
    Explanation
    The southern states did not have the military advantage of having more people. While they had better military leaders, the advantage of fighting on home soil, and the advantage of fighting a defensive war, the larger population was not a strength for the southern states.

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  • 10. 

    Robert E. Lee joined the Confederacy after what state seceded?

    • A.

      Texas

    • B.

      Georgia

    • C.

      Virginia

    • D.

      South Carolina

    Correct Answer
    C. Virginia
    Explanation
    Robert E. Lee joined the Confederacy after Virginia seceded. This is because Lee was a native of Virginia and had strong ties to the state. He had a deep sense of loyalty to Virginia and felt compelled to fight for his home state when it seceded from the Union. Lee's decision to join the Confederacy and lead the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia had a significant impact on the outcome of the American Civil War.

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