How Much Do You Know About American Civil War? Trivia Quiz

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How Much Do You Know About American Civil War? Trivia Quiz

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  • 1. 
    The Emancipation Proclamation main purpose would be...?
    • A. 

      Declared all slaves to be free in those areas controlled by the Confederacy

    • B. 

      Immediately freed all the slaves in the United States

    • C. 

      Called for an end to the Civil War

    • D. 

      Called for only slaves to be freed in the Northern states

  • 2. 
    During Charley's first battle--- The Battle of Bull Run, Charley's actions could be characterized as...
    • A. 

      Brave and daring

    • B. 

      Cowardly and scared

    • C. 

      Angry and aggressive

    • D. 

      Calm and went after the enemy

  • 3. 
    What method did Charley use to survive the battle?
    • A. 

      Fought the enemy bravely

    • B. 

      He laid on the ground and used bodies to shield himself from flying bullets

    • C. 

      He retreated to the tree line for protection

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 4. 
    As Charley was resting after the battle, he thought that he saw "fireflies in the night" but he soon realized that they were not fireflies.  What were they?
    • A. 

      The commanders who were plotting the next moves for the next day

    • B. 

      Horses who were lost in midst of battle

    • C. 

      Lanterns and candles of those who were tending to the injured, and the dead on the battlefield

    • D. 

      The wounded who were trying to get up from the battefield and make it to the retreat site

  • 5. 
    The main foods the soldiers had to eat were...
    • A. 

      Beans, pork, coffee

    • B. 

      Fish, corn, potatoes

    • C. 

      Chicken, potatoes, beans

    • D. 

      Milk, corn, potatoes

  • 6. 
    Why did the surgeon advise the troops to wear clean clothing in battle?
    • A. 

      So they would look nice if they were shot

    • B. 

      So their moms would be proud of them

    • C. 

      It was rude not to be clean

    • D. 

      To help prevent infection if they got shot

  • 7. 
    Why did Charley want to go fight in the Civil War?
    • A. 

      He thought it would make him a man

    • B. 

      He wanted to fight in a shooting war

    • C. 

      Both A and B

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 8. 
    Which side holds the most advantages to win the Civil War in 1861 when the war first began?
    • A. 

      Union

    • B. 

      Confederate

    • C. 

      Border States

    • D. 

      No one held the advantage- both sides were evenly matched in the beginning of the war

  • 9. 
    What war strategy did the South use to gain foreign support during the Civil War?
    • A. 

      King Cotton Diplomacy

    • B. 

      Trade restrictions

    • C. 

      Bribing the French for their support

    • D. 

      Blockade Runners

  • 10. 
    After what key event did NC decide to join the Southern war effort?
    • A. 

      After the Republicans tried to bring an end to slavery

    • B. 

      After the first Battle of Bull Run

    • C. 

      Lincoln's call for troops after the attack on Fort Sumter

    • D. 

      After the Battle of Gettysburg

  • 11. 
    When the Civil War began, what was the main purpose Lincoln gave for fighting this war?
    • A. 

      To bring an end to slavery

    • B. 

      To preserve the Union

    • C. 

      To let the South know that he was the President and that he was in charge

    • D. 

      Carry out total war and to destroy the enemy

  • 12. 
    What NC city was important for blockade runner use-for most of the war?
    • A. 

      Raleigh

    • B. 

      New Bern

    • C. 

      Wilmington

    • D. 

      Charlotte

  • 13. 
    What was the most significant issue that led the Southern states to break away from the Union?
    • A. 

      State Rights

    • B. 

      Slavery

    • C. 

      Creation of the Republican Party

    • D. 

      Desire to create and form own nation

  • 14. 
    The Presidential Election of 1860 marked a turning point for the United States. Why?
    • A. 

      The Southern states felt helpless after Lincoln's election and fearful that slavery would end in the US

    • B. 

      The Northern states decided to end slavery after Lincoln was elected

    • C. 

      The Northern states asked the new western states to ban slavery after 1860

    • D. 

      The Southern states decided to ban slavery after Lincoln was elected

  • 15. 
    Which statement best describes the outlook of the US before the Civil War broke out:
    • A. 

      States in the west were building railroads and the Northern states were all agriculturally based

    • B. 

      The North based economies on agriculture and industry and the South based economies on industry

    • C. 

      States in the West and the South were all based on agriculture

    • D. 

      Northern states economies were industrial, Southern states based economy on agriculture

  • 16. 
    Who was the President of the Confederate States of America?
    • A. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • B. 

      JeffersonDavis

    • C. 

      Stonewall Jackson

    • D. 

      Robert E.Lee

  • 17. 
    Which political party was against the spread of slavery into the new territories or states?
    • A. 

      Democrat

    • B. 

      Unionist

    • C. 

      Republican

    • D. 

      Whig

  • 18. 
    What were the light, fast small ships that the Confederacy used to break up the blockade known as?
    • A. 

      Ironclads

    • B. 

      Blockaders

    • C. 

      Ironclad Runners

    • D. 

      Blockade Runners

  • 19. 
    When was the Declaration of Independence approved?
    • A. 

      July 4, 1776

    • B. 

      July 1, 1776

    • C. 

      Jan. 1, 1779

    • D. 

      June 4, 1778

  • 20. 
    What would be the best example of how a civil war can be defined according to a historian?
    • A. 

      A group of people fighting each other that live in the same nation

    • B. 

      Governments are created and land areas are taken over

    • C. 

      Seek support from other nations

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 21. 
    What lesson did the Union and Confederate armies learn at the First Battle of Bull Run?
    • A. 

      The war was not going to be a short war like everyone thought- it was going to be long and bloody

    • B. 

      The war was going to fought in the South

    • C. 

      The war was going to be won by the South if the Union did not get a new commander soon

    • D. 

      The war was expensive

  • 22. 
    Lincoln in 1862 took over federal control of the railroads. Why?
    • A. 

      Supplies could be moved easily throughout the Union controlled territory

    • B. 

      Troops could move to battlefield site easily and quickly

    • C. 

      He did not have to deal with privately owned railroads to negotiate the best price for moving goods and services during the war- much faster and quicker way to move goods

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 23. 
    Complete the following analogy Washington DC: _____________     Richmond, VA: Confederate Capital 
    • A. 

      United States capital

    • B. 

      Rebel captial

    • C. 

      Both and A and B

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 24. 
    Select the years for the Civil War.
    • A. 

      1861-1865

    • B. 

      1845-1865

    • C. 

      1900-1910

    • D. 

      1860-1870

  • 25. 
    The Anaconda Plan was a war strategy that the Union used during the Civil War. Which of the following was not included in the military plan? 
    • A. 

      Conquering the Confederate Capital of Richomond, VA

    • B. 

      Gain control of Mississippi River

    • C. 

      Blockade Southern ports

    • D. 

      King Cotton Diplomacy

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