Civil War Trivia Quiz

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  • 1. 

    Many rural slaves worked as skilled laborers

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Many rural slaves did not work as skilled laborers. They were often assigned to perform manual and agricultural tasks such as working in the fields, tending to livestock, or performing household chores. Skilled labor positions were more commonly reserved for urban slaves who had specialized skills such as blacksmithing, carpentry, or tailoring. Therefore, the statement that many rural slaves worked as skilled laborers is false.

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  • 2. 

    Name the treaty that ended the American/Mexican War

    Correct Answer
    Guadalupe Hidalgo
    Explanation
    The treaty that ended the American/Mexican War is Guadalupe Hidalgo. This treaty was signed on February 2, 1848, between the United States and Mexico. It marked the end of the war and established the Rio Grande as the boundary between the two nations. Under the treaty, Mexico ceded a significant portion of its territory, including present-day California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, and Oklahoma, to the United States. In return, the United States agreed to pay Mexico $15 million and assume $3.25 million in debts owed to American citizens by the Mexican government.

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  • 3. 

    Stonewall Jackson died shortly after Chancelorsville

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Stonewall Jackson died shortly after the Battle of Chancellorsville. This is true because Jackson was accidentally shot by his own men on May 2, 1863, during the battle. He survived the amputation of his left arm but developed pneumonia and died on May 10, 1863. Thus, it can be concluded that Stonewall Jackson indeed died shortly after Chancellorsville.

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  • 4. 

    Jacksons burning was an example of total war

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that Jackson's burning was an example of total war, but the correct answer is false. Total war refers to a military strategy where all available resources and tactics are used to defeat the enemy, including targeting civilian populations and infrastructure. While Jackson's burning may have been a destructive act, it does not necessarily align with the concept of total war as it does not involve a widespread, systematic destruction of resources and civilian targets.

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  • 5. 

    The Batte of the Alamo was a major battle of the civil war

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because the Battle of the Alamo was not a major battle of the civil war. The Battle of the Alamo was a significant event in the Texas Revolution, which took place from 1835 to 1836. It was a pivotal battle in the fight for Texas independence from Mexico. The civil war, on the other hand, refers to the conflict between the Northern and Southern states of the United States from 1861 to 1865. Therefore, the Battle of the Alamo cannot be considered a major battle of the civil war.

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  • 6. 

    What was William Lloyd Garrison?

    Correct Answer
    abolitionist
    Explanation
    William Lloyd Garrison was an abolitionist, someone who actively campaigned for the abolition of slavery. He was a prominent figure in the fight against slavery in the United States during the 19th century. Garrison was the editor of the abolitionist newspaper "The Liberator" and co-founded the American Anti-Slavery Society. He was known for his uncompromising stance on slavery and his strong advocacy for immediate emancipation of all enslaved individuals. Garrison's work and writings played a significant role in mobilizing public opinion against slavery and ultimately contributed to the abolitionist movement's success.

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  • 7. 

    Prior to the Civil War all southerners owned slaves

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement "Prior to the Civil War all southerners owned slaves" is false. While slavery was a significant institution in the Southern United States prior to the Civil War, not all southerners owned slaves. In fact, the majority of white southerners did not own slaves. Slavery was primarily concentrated among the wealthy plantation owners, and many poor white southerners did not have the means to own slaves. Additionally, there were also free African Americans living in the South who did not own slaves.

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  • 8. 

    The term sideburns originated from General Burnside

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The term "sideburns" originated from General Burnside. General Ambrose Burnside, a Union Army general during the American Civil War, was known for his distinctive facial hair that extended from his sideburns to his mustache, creating a connected facial hair style. This style became popular and eventually came to be known as "sideburns" in honor of General Burnside. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 9. 

    Bleeding Kansas was the result of popular sovernity

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The explanation for the given correct answer is that Bleeding Kansas was indeed the result of popular sovereignty. Popular sovereignty was the principle that allowed the residents of a territory to decide whether to permit slavery or not. In the case of Kansas, this led to intense conflicts and violence between pro-slavery and anti-slavery settlers, as both sides tried to gain control and influence over the territory. This period of unrest and bloodshed became known as Bleeding Kansas, making the statement "True" accurate.

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  • 10. 

    California was admitted to the Union as a slave state

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    California was actually admitted to the Union as a free state, not a slave state. This occurred as part of the Compromise of 1850, which aimed to maintain a balance between free and slave states in the United States. Under this compromise, California was admitted as a free state, while other provisions were made to address the issue of slavery in other territories.

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  • 11. 

    Confederate General Lee's nickname was Stonewall

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Confederate General Lee's nickname was not Stonewall. The nickname "Stonewall" actually belonged to General Thomas J. Jackson, who served under General Lee during the American Civil War. General Lee was highly respected and known for his military strategies, but he did not have the nickname "Stonewall."

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  • 12. 

    Lincoln was asssassinated by

    Correct Answer
    John Wilkes Boothe
    Explanation
    John Wilkes Booth assassinated Lincoln.

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  • 13. 

    Who was the president of the confederacy?

    Correct Answer
    Jefferson Davis
    Explanation
    Jefferson Davis was the president of the confederacy during the American Civil War. He served as the leader of the Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865. Davis was a prominent political figure and played a crucial role in the formation and governance of the Confederate government. His presidency was marked by the challenges and difficulties faced by the Confederacy, including the struggle for independence and the eventual defeat in the Civil War.

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  • 14. 

    In 1803 what event tripeled the size of the United States?

    Correct Answer
    Louisiana Purchase
    Explanation
    The Louisiana Purchase in 1803 is the event that tripled the size of the United States. This was a significant historical event in which the United States acquired a vast territory from France, stretching from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains. The purchase of this land not only expanded the territorial boundaries of the United States but also opened up new opportunities for westward expansion and economic growth. It had a profound impact on the development of the United States as a nation.

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  • 15. 

    Lee accepted Grants surrender at Apparatus

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
  • 16. 

    Who won the presidential election of 1860?

    Correct Answer
    Abraham Lincoln
    Explanation
    Abraham Lincoln won the presidential election of 1860. He was the candidate for the Republican Party and emerged victorious, defeating three other major candidates. Lincoln's victory in this election was significant as it ultimately led to the secession of several southern states and the start of the American Civil War. His presidency played a crucial role in shaping the course of American history, particularly in relation to the abolition of slavery and the preservation of the Union.

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  • 17. 

    What happened in the south when lincoln was elected?

    Correct Answer
    Southern states left union
    Explanation
    When Lincoln was elected, the Southern states decided to secede from the Union. They believed that Lincoln's election would lead to the abolition of slavery, which was a major economic and social institution in the South. The Southern states felt that their interests and way of life would be threatened by Lincoln's presidency, and as a result, they chose to leave the Union and form their own separate government, leading to the start of the American Civil War.

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  • 18. 

    Who won the battle of Chancelorsville?

    Correct Answer
    Union
    Explanation
    The Union won the battle of Chancellorsville.

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  • 19. 

    Who won the battle of Gettysburg?

    Correct Answer
    Union
    Explanation
    The Union won the battle of Gettysburg. The battle took place during the American Civil War and was a turning point in the conflict. The Union Army, led by General George Meade, successfully defended against the Confederate Army, led by General Robert E. Lee. The Union's victory at Gettysburg was significant as it halted the Confederate Army's advance into Northern territory and boosted the morale of the Union forces.

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  • 20. 

    Notorious confederate prison

    Correct Answer
    Andersonville
    Explanation
    Andersonville is the correct answer because it is a well-known Confederate prison during the American Civil War. Located in Georgia, Andersonville was notorious for its harsh conditions and high mortality rate among prisoners. The prison was overcrowded, lacked proper sanitation, and had limited food and medical supplies, leading to the suffering and death of thousands of Union soldiers. The name "Andersonville" has become synonymous with the horrors of Civil War prisons.

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  • 21. 

    What main issue dominated Politics in the 1850's?

    Correct Answer
    Slavery
    Explanation
    In the 1850s, the main issue that dominated politics was slavery. This period was marked by intense debates and conflicts between the North and the South of the United States regarding the expansion of slavery into new territories. The issue of slavery had a profound impact on the political landscape, leading to the formation of new political parties, such as the Republican Party, and ultimately culminating in the American Civil War. The question is asking for the main issue that was at the forefront of political discussions and decisions during this time, and the answer is slavery.

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  • 22. 

    What club was founded as a social club?

    Correct Answer
    KKK
  • 23. 

    To keep a balance of Power

    Correct Answer
    Missouri Compromise
    Explanation
    The Missouri Compromise was enacted in 1820 to maintain a balance of power between the slave states and free states in the United States. It allowed Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state while Maine entered as a free state, thus preserving the equal number of slave and free states in the Senate. Additionally, it established a line (36°30' parallel) where slavery would be prohibited in future states north of that line. This compromise was crucial in preventing conflict and maintaining the delicate balance between the North and South regarding the issue of slavery.

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  • 24. 

    City of Vicksburg

    Correct Answer
    Mississippi River
    Explanation
    The given answer, Mississippi River, is the correct answer because it is mentioned in the question that the city of Vicksburg is associated with the Mississippi River. Therefore, the Mississippi River is the geographical feature that is being referred to in the question.

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  • 25. 

    Which Amendment outlawed slavery?

    Correct Answer
    !3th
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the 13th Amendment. The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratified in 1865, abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. This amendment was a significant milestone in American history, marking the end of legal slavery in the country.

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  • 26. 

    What tax was put on the people during the civil war?

    Correct Answer
    income tax
    Explanation
    During the civil war, the government imposed an income tax on the people. This tax was implemented as a means to generate revenue for the war efforts and to fund the various expenses incurred during the conflict. The income tax required individuals to pay a percentage of their earnings to the government based on their income level. This tax played a significant role in financing the war and supporting the military operations.

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