Civil War Quiz For 5th Grade! Trivia

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Do you know what is a civil war? A civil war is a war where citizens from one section of the country and citizens from another area of the country form groups and go against one another. Civil wars are not frequent occurrences. They result in the fact that the two parts of the country cannot find common ground, and they clash over serious issues. This quiz will bring any 5th grader into the United States in 1861.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What are the THREE causes of the Civil War?

    • A.

      Tariffs or Taxes

    • B.

      Slavery

    • C.

      Democracy

    • D.

      Congress making laws to either benefit the North or the South

    • E.

      13th Amendment

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Tariffs or Taxes
    B. Slavery
    D. Congress making laws to either benefit the North or the South
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Tariffs or Taxes, Slavery, and Congress making laws to either benefit the North or the South. Tariffs or taxes were a major point of contention between the North and South as the South relied heavily on agriculture and trade, while the North had a more industrial economy. Slavery was a deeply divisive issue, with the South heavily dependent on slave labor and the North increasingly opposed to it. Congress making laws to benefit one region over the other, such as the Missouri Compromise and the Fugitive Slave Act, further exacerbated tensions between the North and South. The 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, was a result of the Civil War, rather than a cause.

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  • 2. 

    The Underground Railroad...

    • A.

      Traveled from the south to the north

    • B.

      Was created by the 13th amendment

    • C.

      Was an actual railroad

    • D.

      Had secret stops in homes and other places

    • E.

      Included people helping slaves secretly

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Traveled from the south to the north
    D. Had secret stops in homes and other places
    E. Included people helping slaves secretly
    Explanation
    The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses that helped enslaved African Americans escape from the South to the North. It was not an actual railroad, but rather a metaphorical term used to describe the system of routes and safe houses. The network included secret stops in homes and other places where escaped slaves could rest and receive assistance. The people involved in the Underground Railroad were individuals who sympathized with the abolitionist cause and were committed to helping slaves achieve freedom.

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  • 3. 

    Advantages for the Confederate (Southern) soldiers in the Civil War were... 

    • A.

      Had most of the nation

    • B.

      Most battles were fought on southern ground

    • C.

      Factories made what the South needed

    • D.

      They had high-ranking officers

    • E.

      Had 22 million people

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Most battles were fought on southern ground
    D. They had high-ranking officers
    Explanation
    The Confederate soldiers had the advantage of fighting most battles on southern ground, which allowed them to have better knowledge of the terrain and use it to their advantage. Additionally, they had high-ranking officers who were experienced and skilled in warfare, giving them effective leadership. These advantages played a significant role in the Confederate soldiers' ability to hold their ground and prolong the war.

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  • 4. 

    Advantages for the Union (Northern) soldiers in the Civil War were... 

    • A.

      Factories made what they needed

    • B.

      Most battles were fought on northern ground

    • C.

      Had most of the nation (22 million people) and 3/4 wealth

    • D.

      Had ships, banks, factories, and railroads

    • E.

      Had high-ranking officers

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Factories made what they needed
    C. Had most of the nation (22 million people) and 3/4 wealth
    D. Had ships, banks, factories, and railroads
    Explanation
    The Union (Northern) soldiers in the Civil War had several advantages. Firstly, factories made what they needed, ensuring a steady supply of weapons, ammunition, and other essential supplies. Secondly, most battles were fought on northern ground, which provided them with a familiar and advantageous terrain. Additionally, the Union had the majority of the nation's population, with 22 million people, and controlled three-fourths of the nation's wealth. They also had access to ships, banks, factories, and railroads, which further strengthened their logistical capabilities. These advantages gave the Union soldiers a significant edge in the Civil War.

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  • 5. 

    The Emancipation Proclamation was...

    • A.

      A document that started the Civil War

    • B.

      A document that freed slaves

    • C.

      The confederate soldiers

    • D.

      A bill by Jefferson Davis

    • E.

      A document that started slavery

    Correct Answer
    B. A document that freed slaves
    Explanation
    The Emancipation Proclamation was a document that freed slaves. It was issued by President Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War in 1862. The proclamation declared that all slaves in Confederate territory were to be set free. While it did not immediately free all slaves, as it only applied to areas under Confederate control, it was a significant step towards abolishing slavery and had a profound impact on the course of the Civil War.

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  • 6. 

    What were the Northern soldiers called?

    • A.

      Confederate soldiers

    • B.

      Railroads

    • C.

      Union soldiers

    • D.

      Civil Unions

    • E.

      Emancipations

    Correct Answer
    C. Union soldiers
    Explanation
    Union soldiers were the soldiers from the Northern states during the American Civil War. They fought against the Confederate soldiers, who were from the Southern states. The term "Union soldiers" refers to the troops who were loyal to the United States government and fought to preserve the Union and abolish slavery.

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  • 7. 

    What were the Southern soldiers called?

    • A.

      Confederate soldiers

    • B.

      Railroads

    • C.

      Union soldiers

    • D.

      Civil Unions

    • E.

      Emancipations

    Correct Answer
    A. Confederate soldiers
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Confederate soldiers. During the American Civil War, the soldiers from the Southern states were known as Confederate soldiers. They fought for the Confederate States of America, which was formed by the Southern states that seceded from the Union. The term "Confederate soldiers" is commonly used to refer to these soldiers and distinguish them from the Union soldiers who fought for the United States.

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  • 8. 

    Why was the Gettysburg address important?

    • A.

      It traveled from the north to south

    • B.

      It freed slaves

    • C.

      It was the turning point of the war

    • D.

      It had high-ranking officers

    • E.

      It was a cause of the civil war

    Correct Answer
    C. It was the turning point of the war
    Explanation
    The Gettysburg Address was important because it marked a significant turning point in the war. Given by President Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War, the speech highlighted the principles of equality and freedom upon which the nation was founded. It emphasized the importance of preserving the Union and honoring the sacrifices made by soldiers. The address served as a rallying cry and inspired the nation to continue the fight for unity and the abolition of slavery. Its impact was profound and helped shape the course of the war and the nation's history.

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  • 9. 

    When was the Civil War?

    • A.

      1862-1869

    • B.

      1861-1862

    • C.

      1900-1905

    • D.

      1861-1865

    • E.

      1841-1845

    Correct Answer
    D. 1861-1865
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 1861-1865. The Civil War in the United States took place during this time period. It began in 1861 when several Southern states seceded from the Union and formed the Confederate States of America. The war lasted for four years and ended in 1865 with the Confederate surrender. This conflict was fought primarily over issues of slavery and states' rights, and it had a profound impact on the nation's history and the abolition of slavery.

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  • 10. 

    The civil war was the first war that the United States citizens fought against one another.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because the civil war was indeed the first war in which citizens of the United States fought against each other. The American Civil War, which took place from 1861 to 1865, was fought between the Union (Northern states) and the Confederacy (Southern states) over issues such as slavery and states' rights. This war resulted in a significant loss of life and had a profound impact on the nation's history and identity.

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  • 11. 

    Who was the "president" of the South?

    • A.

      Ulysses Grant

    • B.

      Abraham Lincoln

    • C.

      Stonewall Jackson

    • D.

      Jefferson Davis

    • E.

      George Washington

    Correct Answer
    D. Jefferson Davis
    Explanation
    Jefferson Davis was the "president" of the South during the American Civil War. He served as the President of the Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865. This makes him the correct answer to the question. Ulysses Grant was the President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln was the President of the United States during the Civil War, Stonewall Jackson was a Confederate general, and George Washington was the first President of the United States.

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  • 12. 

    Who was the president of the North?

    • A.

      George Washington

    • B.

      Abraham Lincoln

    • C.

      Ulysses Grant

    • D.

      Jefferson Davis

    • E.

      Stonewall Jackson

    Correct Answer
    B. Abraham Lincoln
    Explanation
    Abraham Lincoln was the president of the United States during the Civil War, which included the conflict between the North and the South. He led the Northern states, also known as the Union, and played a crucial role in preserving the unity of the country and abolishing slavery. His presidency was marked by his determination to maintain the Union and his leadership during one of the most challenging periods in American history.

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  • 13. 

    According to the 13th amendment, the slaves were freed as a result of the Civil War.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The 13th amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. It was ratified in 1865, after the Civil War had ended. Therefore, it is accurate to say that the slaves were indeed freed as a result of the Civil War.

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