Civil War And Reconstruction History Quiz: Trivia

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Civil War And Reconstruction History Quiz: Trivia

Have you ever heard of the reconstruction era and the civil war? The reconstruction era was a period in history that lasted from 1865to 1877 following the civil war. Reconstruction ended the Confederate Secessions' remnants and abolished slavery, making the newly freed slaves' citizens' civil rights like everybody else. With this quiz, you will learn about the civil war and the reconstruction era. All the best.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    “I cannot raise my hand against my birthplace, my home, my children.” —Robert E. Lee  In the above quotation, Lee is claiming an inability to do what?
    • A. 

      Raise his hands above his head

    • B. 

      Betray his home state of Virginia by joining the Union

    • C. 

      Run for President of the United States

    • D. 

      Become a general for the Confederacy

  • 2. 
    “I cannot raise my hand against my birthplace, my home, my children.” —Robert E. Lee Using context clues, what is the best explanation of what Lee means when he says “I cannot raise my hand against”
    • A. 

      He means it literally; he cannot actually raise his hands

    • B. 

      He doesn’t understand how we have come to the brink of Civil War

    • C. 

      He does not want to be a part of violence against the South

    • D. 

      He forgot where he parked his car

  • 3. 
    “They [Southerners] will continue to assert the inferiority of the African, and they would today, if possible, precipitate the United States into a foreign war, believing that they could then reassert and obtain their independence. . . . On the whole, looking at the affair from all sides, it amounts to just this: If the Northern people are content to be ruled over by the Southerners, they will continue in the Union, if not, the first chance they get they will rise again.” —Senator Charles Sumner  Again using context clues, what is the best definition for the word precipitate as Senator Sumner uses it in the quotation?
    • A. 

      Rain or snow falling from the sky

    • B. 

      A Northern law to encourage equality

    • C. 

      Push or force into something, possibly unwillingly

    • D. 

      A new way to think of government, which focuses on independence

  • 4. 
    “They [Southerners] will continue to assert the inferiority of the African, and they would today, if possible, precipitate the United States into a foreign war, believing that they could then reassert and obtain their independence. . . . On the whole, looking at the affair from all sides, it amounts to just this: If the Northern people are content to be ruled over by the Southerners, they will continue in the Union, if not, the first chance they get they will rise again.” —Senator Charles Sumner Charles Sumner’s statements about the South rising again suggest which of the following beliefs about the South would best match his?
    • A. 

      The South is satisfied with the result of the war

    • B. 

      The South may rebel again or try to hurt the Union if they have a chance

    • C. 

      Charles Sumner is incredibly vain and thinks he saved the country

    • D. 

      It will be difficult, but the North and South will make peace again

  • 5. 
    What does the above illustration imply about the condition of African-Americans immediately following the Civil War?
    • A. 

      African-Americans immediately received full rights as citizens

    • B. 

      The south regained prosperity and wealth shortly after the war

    • C. 

      Not all African-Americans were freed after the war

    • D. 

      While technically free, African-Americans endured harsh conditions as new citizens

  • 6. 
    Which of the following best explains why the capture of Vicksburg was important for the North?
    • A. 

      Its location close to the North’s southern border made invasion from there a threat to the North.

    • B. 

      Its capture would give the North control of the Mississippi River Delta

    • C. 

      It was the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi and its capture would cut the South in two

    • D. 

      Its capture would prevent the South from shipping its cotton to Europe

  • 7. 
    Capturing Vicksburg was an important part of the North’s Anaconda plan, but why was it equally important that they continue to hold onto the city of New Orleans?
    • A. 

      New Orleans is where Mardi Gras occurs

    • B. 

      Without control of New Orleans, the North would lose the support of Arkansas and Mississippi

    • C. 

      New Orleans is a key port city, and control or blockade of Southern ports is an important part of the plan

    • D. 

      Holding New Orleans was not important

  • 8. 
    Why do you think the “Border States” would have seceded after the states in the “Deep South?”
    • A. 

      The people from Virginia and Tennessee were dirty Yankees

    • B. 

      People from the Border States likely had more desire to stay in the Union than those in the Deep South

    • C. 

      Texas bullied Louisiana and Mississippi into seceding

    • D. 

      The states all seceded at the same time

  • 9. 
    Which of the following states was the first to secede?
    • A. 

      Alabama

    • B. 

      Georgia

    • C. 

      Arkansas

    • D. 

      Virginia

  • 10. 
    Which of the following cause and effect statements is best supported by the information on the timeline?
    • A. 

      Lincoln’s assassination was a cause of the Emancipation Proclamation

    • B. 

      The Fall of Atlanta motivated John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry

    • C. 

      Czar Alexander II’s emancipation of Russian serfs was an attempt to copy Abraham Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation

    • D. 

      Lee’s victory at Bull Run motivated him to invade the North at Antietam

  • 11. 
    Which of the following would best describe the timeline pictured above?
    • A. 

      The timeline is a depiction of US and world events at the time of the Civil War

    • B. 

      The timeline is represents the United States around the time of independence

    • C. 

      The timeline is intended to show the importance of Russian history

    • D. 

      The timeline is a portrait of the American Revolution.

  • 12. 
    Which of the following years represented on the timeline was the most violent one between Southerners and African-Americans?
    • A. 

      1865

    • B. 

      1875

    • C. 

      1866

    • D. 

      1880

  • 13. 
    Using the information on the timeline, which is MOST LIKELY a cause of Hiram Revels became the first African American senator in 1870?
    • A. 

      Henry O. Flipper becoming the first African American to graduate from West Point

    • B. 

      Ebenezer Don Carlos Bassett being appointed minister to Haiti

    • C. 

      The Thirteenth Amendment, abolishing slavery, being passed

    • D. 

      Ku Klux Klan awareness events

  • 14. 
    Which of the following would be the most appropriate title for the above timeline?
    • A. 

      Slavery during the Civil War

    • B. 

      Northern conflicts during Reconstruction

    • C. 

      Triumphs and setbacks of African-Americans during Reconstruction

    • D. 

      Does time always go in a line?

  • 15. 
    Which of the following best describes the primary function of the Freedmen’s Bureau?
    • A. 

      To settle disputes between freed slaves and their former masters

    • B. 

      To keep blacks and former slaves as second-class citizens

    • C. 

      To feed, clothe, and assist newly freed slaves in finding work and reuniting with their families

    • D. 

      To start the long process of reunion and rebuilding with the South following the Civil War

  • 16. 
    President Obama issues a blanket pardon for a large group of people who were members of a radical group responsible or bombing a government building in 1970. Similar to Reconstruction, this act is known as granting
    • A. 

      Innocence

    • B. 

      Treaties

    • C. 

      Amnesty

    • D. 

      Confederacy

  • 17. 
    Black codes did all of the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Force African Americans into yearly labor contracts

    • B. 

      Grant citizenship to African Americans

    • C. 

      Take away many rights from African Americans

    • D. 

      Place black youth in “apprenticeships” where they could be whipped

  • 18. 
    Which of the following best exemplifies the conditions of sharecropping?
    • A. 

      David, a newly freed slave, saves up enough money to buy a small farm of his own thanks to the help of the Freedmen’s Bureau

    • B. 

      Joseph, a rich white landowner, is forced to sell his land off to his former slaves in small chunks, effectively “sharing” the land with those around him

    • C. 

      Juanita, a newly freed slave, cannot afford land of her own, but has enough money to rent a piece of land with cash that she then farms or a profit

    • D. 

      Debbie, a newly freed slave, rents land from a landowner but pays her rent in crops; after she pays off her loans every year, she finds herself in debt

  • 19. 
    Which of the following best summarizes the result of the Dred Scott decision?
    • A. 

      Scott was declared to be a free man and slavery was ended in the North

    • B. 

      Scott was declared to be a free man but slave codes would have to be rigidly enforced

    • C. 

      Scott was sentenced to death

    • D. 

      Scott was to be returned to slavery and Fugitive Slave laws would be rigidly enforced

  • 20. 
    This man claimed he was told by God to start a slave rebellion by arming slaves to kill their masters.
    • A. 

      Jefferson Davis

    • B. 

      Abraham Lincoln

    • C. 

      Bruce Banner

    • D. 

      John Brown

  • 21. 
    In what ways did the election of Abraham Lincoln ignite the Civil War?
    • A. 

      Lincoln helped to anger the North about the issue slavery and caused them to kick out the South

    • B. 

      Lincoln continuously sided with the South and inspired them to form the Confederacy with him as president

    • C. 

      The South felt that they had no choice but to secede because the North would likely force them to end slavery

    • D. 

      Lincoln started the South on fire

  • 22. 
    What strategy would be the best example of attrition?
    • A. 

      Bombing an apartment building in Vicksburg

    • B. 

      The North and South fighting in an open field for two days and each side losing thousands of soldiers, but the North still having more soldiers.

    • C. 

      General Grant surrounding the Confederate army for two months attempting to starve them out

    • D. 

      Lee conducting sneak attacks and raids on Union camps

  • 23. 
    John Wilkes Booth is notorious for which of the following reasons?
    • A. 

      He was a noted general for the Confederacy

    • B. 

      He led slaves to rebel against their masters and put weapons in their hands

    • C. 

      He famously assassinated Abraham Lincoln

    • D. 

      He released a platinum record featuring the hit single “Emancipation”

  • 24. 
    Which of the following correctly pairs the region of the country with their primary leaders during the Civil War?
    • A. 

      West—John Brown and Charles Sumner, South—Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee

    • B. 

      North—Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, South—Bill O’Reilly and Thomas Payne

    • C. 

      North—Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee, South—Abraham Lincoln and Barry Goldwater

    • D. 

      North—Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant, South—Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee

  • 25. 
    Which of the following generalizations about the Emancipation Proclamation is MOST accurate?
    • A. 

      The Emancipation Proclamation announced that all slaves in the Confederacy would be free but did not free the slaves remaining in the Union

    • B. 

      The Emancipation Proclamation formally outlawed slavery in EVERY portion of the United States of America

    • C. 

      The Emancipation Proclamation was Jefferson Davis’ condemnation of the Union and the ways that they bullied the South

    • D. 

      The Emancipation Proclamation was the document that formally announced South Carolina’s secession from the Union

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