Civil War Knowledge Test: History Quiz

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Civil War Quizzes & Trivia

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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