Civil War Knowledge Test: History Quiz

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Civil War Knowledge Test: History Quiz

The civil war was a defining moment in history, and the fight was between the Northern and Southern states from 1861 to 1865. Specifically, it was fought between the United States of America and the Confederate States of America. The war fought was about the institution of slavery and whether it should continue. If you are looking for a quiz about the civil war, this great quiz will set you free.


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  • 1. 
    This battle was the bloodiest single-day battle in U.S. History early in the war, it helped set the stage for Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. 
    • A. 

      Gettysburg

    • B. 

      Total war

    • C. 

      Anitetam

    • D. 

      Ft. Sumter

    • E. 

      Vicksburg

  • 2. 
    This state was the first to secede from the United States and was the state in which the first shots were fired during the Civil War.
    • A. 

      Virginia

    • B. 

      South Carolina

    • C. 

      Pennsylvania

    • D. 

      Texas

  • 3. 
    Although President Lincoln decided to "only" send in food for hungry soldiers.  The Confederacy decided that the war should begin here and ordered an attack.   
    • A. 

      Gettysburg

    • B. 

      Appomattox Court House

    • C. 

      Antietam

    • D. 

      Ft. Sumter

  • 4. 
    This 3 day battle marked the turning point of the Civil War and the last time the Confederate Army attacked in the North after the Yankee army defeated the Confederates.   
    • A. 

      Gettysburg

    • B. 

      Harper's Ferry Virginia

    • C. 

      Bleeding Kansas

    • D. 

      Ft. Sumter

  • 5. 
    After a long period of thought on the issue of slavery he (________________________) signed the Emancipation Proclamation, officially turning the Civil War into a conflict over slavery.
    • A. 

      Robert E. Lee

    • B. 

      Abraham Lincoln

    • C. 

      Jefferson Davis

    • D. 

      Frederick Douglass

  • 6. 
    His total war campaign called for a "scorched earth" policy that left Southern towns in ruins after Yankee armies burned down cities, crops and livestock. 
    • A. 

      William T. Sherman

    • B. 

      Abraham Lincoln

    • C. 

      Robert E. Lee

    • D. 

      John Wilkes Booth

  • 7. 
    The _____________ was formed in 1861 and elected ___________________ as its first President.
    • A. 

      United States of America; Abraham Lincoln

    • B. 

      Confederate States of America, Robert E. Lee

    • C. 

      Confederate States of America; Jefferson Davis

    • D. 

      Yankee States of America; Ulysses S. Grant

  • 8. 
    This northern abolitionist believed God's plan for him was to end slavery by any means necessary.  He tried to start a slave uprising by leading a raid on an army weapons armory.
    • A. 

      Abraham Lincoln

    • B. 

      John Brown

    • C. 

      Frederick Douglass

    • D. 

      Dred Scott

  • 9. 
    He was the President of the Confederacy.
    • A. 

      Jefferson Davis

    • B. 

      Robert E. Lee

    • C. 

      Abraham Lincoln

    • D. 

      John Wilkes Booth

    • E. 

      Frederick Douglass

  • 10. 
    This declared that all slaves in the South were now free.
    • A. 

      Gettysburg Address

    • B. 

      Declaration of Independence

    • C. 

      Constitution

    • D. 

      Emancipation Proclamation

  • 11. 
    He was the President of the Union.
    • A. 

      Jefferson Davis

    • B. 

      Robert E. Lee

    • C. 

      Abraham Lincoln

    • D. 

      John Wilkes Booth

    • E. 

      Frederick Douglass

  • 12. 
    After the Civil War, the United States outlawed slavery or involuntary servitude, except when the punishment for a crime when this __________was ratified.
    • A. 

      Emancipation Proclamation

    • B. 

      15th Amendment

    • C. 

      13th Amendment

    • D. 

      2nd Amendment

  • 13. 
    This amendment changed U.S. law so that it read that all persons born in the United States were citizens and would have equal protection under the law.
    • A. 

      1st Amendment

    • B. 

      13th Amendment

    • C. 

      14th Amendment

    • D. 

      15th Amendment

  • 14. 
    He became President when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, reconstruction plan rejected the Freedmen's Bureau, 40 acres and a mule plan, and civil rights for freed slaves. 
    • A. 

      John Wilkes Booth

    • B. 

      Ulysses S. Grant

    • C. 

      Andrew Johnson

    • D. 

      Jefferson Davis

  • 15. 
    At the conclusion of the war, President Lincoln and Mrs. Lincoln attended a theatre performance where he was assassinated by:
    • A. 

      John Wilkes Booth

    • B. 

      Andrew Johnson

    • C. 

      Sullivan Ballou

    • D. 

      Robert E. Lee

  • 16. 
    When the Civil War began, what was Abraham Lincoln's main goal?
    • A. 

      Abolish slavery

    • B. 

      Punish the south

    • C. 

      Restore the Union

    • D. 

      Bring an end to the war.

  • 17. 
    Which of the following was not an important advantage of the North?
    • A. 

      Railroads

    • B. 

      Better soldiers

    • C. 

      Higher population

    • D. 

      Stronger Navy

  • 18. 
    In which area did the South have an advantage over the North in the Civil War? 
    • A. 

      It was able to trade cotton with Europe throughout the war.

    • B. 

      It was able to produce weapons faster than the North.

    • C. 

      It allowed women to fight in the Confederate army

    • D. 

      Better military leadership and more motivated soldiers

  • 19. 
    The  ___________, was formed during ____________ by former Confederate soldiers in an attempt to intimidate newly freed slaves. 
    • A. 

      Freedmen's Bureau, Reconstruction

    • B. 

      Ku Klux Klan, Reconstruction

    • C. 

      Radical Republicans, the Civil War

    • D. 

      Underground Railroad, Reconstruction

  • 20. 
    Where did the South surrender?
    • A. 

      Ft. Sumter

    • B. 

      Appomatox Court House

    • C. 

      Bull Run

    • D. 

      They never surrendered, they still think they are fighting the Civil War

  • 21. 
    What was the name of the two military strategies used by the North in order to achieve victory?
    • A. 

      Total War and Reconstruction

    • B. 

      Naval war and Total War

    • C. 

      Anaconda Plan and Total War

    • D. 

      Total War and Civil War

  • 22. 
    What did the Compromise of 1850 accomplish? 
    • A. 

      It allowed California to be admitted as a free state

    • B. 

      It made it more difficult for slaves to gain their freedom by passing a tougher Fugitive Slave Act

    • C. 

      It ended slavery in Washington D.C.

    • D. 

      All of the above options

    • E. 

      None of the options

  • 23. 
    Which of the following abolished (ended) slavery in the South?
    • A. 

      Thirteenth Amendment

    • B. 

      Fourteenth Amendment

    • C. 

      Fifteenth Amendment

    • D. 

      Emancipation Proclamation

  • 24. 
    What was Reconstruction?
    • A. 

      The time period after the war where the Union was made into one country.

    • B. 

      The last battle of the war

    • C. 

      A period that led to the Civil War

    • D. 

      The document that freed the slaves.

  • 25. 
    This reconstruction plan called for tough treatment of the wealthy southerners, in which African-Americans would be given 40 acres and a mule, the Freedmen's Bureau would be established and the federal government would ensure African Americans received equal rights.
    • A. 

      Lincoln' Plan (10% plan)

    • B. 

      Johnson's plan

    • C. 

      Congressional Reconstruction Plan

    • D. 

      None of the options