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The Nation Splits Apart - Quiz

This quiz covers the section The Politics of Slavery, Sectionalism and National Politics, Lincoln's Path to the White House, and The South Secedes.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The Politics of SlaveryThe Compromise of 1850 allowed _________ to enter The Union as a free state.

    • A.

      Ohio

    • B.

      California

    • C.

      Minnesota

    • D.

      Oregon

    Correct Answer
    B. California
    Explanation
    The Compromise of 1850 allowed California to enter The Union as a free state. This compromise was a series of legislative measures aimed at resolving the ongoing debate over slavery in the United States. As part of the compromise, California was admitted as a free state, meaning that slavery was prohibited within its borders. This was a significant development in the politics of slavery, as it upset the balance between free and slave states and further fueled tensions between the North and the South.

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  • 2. 

    When was the Republican Party born?

    • A.

      1854

    • B.

      1856

    • C.

      1845

    • D.

      1849

    Correct Answer
    A. 1854
    Explanation
    The Republican Party was born in 1854. This was the year when a group of anti-slavery activists and individuals from various political parties came together to form a new political party that opposed the expansion of slavery into new territories. The party's formation was a response to the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which allowed for the possibility of slavery in new states. The Republican Party quickly gained support in the northern states and became a major political force in the United States.

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  • 3. 

    The Fugitive Slave Act made it illegal to help _______?

    • A.

      Slaves

    • B.

      Sick Slaves

    • C.

      Runaway Slaves

    • D.

      Slave Owners

    Correct Answer
    C. Runaway Slaves
    Explanation
    The Fugitive Slave Act, enacted in 1850, made it illegal to help runaway slaves. This law required that escaped slaves be returned to their owners, even if they had reached free states. It imposed heavy penalties on individuals who aided or harbored fugitive slaves, including fines and imprisonment. The act was highly controversial and fueled the abolitionist movement, as it forced many people to choose between obeying the law and supporting the cause of freedom.

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  • 4. 

    Sectionalism and National Poletics_________ was the name given to the event where John Brown killed 5 slavery supporters.

    • A.

      Pattawatomie Protests

    • B.

      John Brown Massacre

    • C.

      John Browns Raid

    • D.

      Pattawatomie Massacre

    Correct Answer
    D. Pattawatomie Massacre
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Pattawatomie Massacre. This event refers to the violent act committed by John Brown, where he killed five slavery supporters in Kansas. The term "Pattawatomie Massacre" accurately describes the incident and its location, highlighting the sectionalism and national politics surrounding the issue of slavery during that time.

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  • 5. 

    What is Not an affect of John Browns Raid?

    • A.

      Speeded the coming of the Civil War

    • B.

      Aroused widespread support for brown in the north

    • C.

      Caused an increase number of slave-raids in the south

    • D.

      Increased fear of slave revolts

    Correct Answer
    C. Caused an increase number of slave-raids in the south
    Explanation
    John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 had several effects, but it did not cause an increase in the number of slave-raids in the South. The raid itself was a failed attempt by Brown and his followers to incite a slave rebellion. While it did increase fear of slave revolts among Southerners, it did not lead to an increase in actual slave-raids. The raid did, however, speed up the coming of the Civil War by further polarizing the North and South and highlighting the issue of slavery. It also garnered widespread support for Brown in the North, where he was seen as a martyr for the abolitionist cause.

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  • 6. 

    Robert E. Lee was a ________?

    • A.

      Marine

    • B.

      Colonel

    • C.

      Both

    • D.

      Neither

    Correct Answer
    C. Both
    Explanation
    Robert E. Lee was both a Marine and a Colonel. This means that he served in the Marine Corps and held the rank of Colonel.

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  • 7. 

    Lincoln's Path to the White HouseWhen was Lincoln born?

    • A.

      1810

    • B.

      1809

    • C.

      1808

    • D.

      1811

    Correct Answer
    B. 1809
    Explanation
    Lincoln was born in 1809.

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  • 8. 

    When was Lincoln's Inauguration?

    • A.

      April 30, 1861

    • B.

      January 19, 1861

    • C.

      February 21, 1861

    • D.

      March 4, 1861

    Correct Answer
    D. March 4, 1861
    Explanation
    Lincoln's Inauguration took place on March 4, 1861. This date is significant because it marks the day when Abraham Lincoln was sworn in as the 16th President of the United States. Inauguration Day is traditionally held on January 20th, but at that time, the Constitution specified that the President's term would begin on March 4th. Lincoln's inauguration was particularly important because it occurred during a time of great division in the country, with several Southern states already seceding from the Union.

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  • 9. 

    Where  was the first Lincoln - Douglas Debate?

    • A.

      Freeport, Illenois

    • B.

      Ottowa, Illenois

    • C.

      Alton, Illenois

    • D.

      Galesburg, Illenois

    Correct Answer
    B. Ottowa, Illenois
    Explanation
    The first Lincoln-Douglas Debate took place in Ottowa, Illinois.

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  • 10. 

    The South SecedesJefferson Davis was originally a ______?

    • A.

      An Alabama Senator

    • B.

      A Misouri Senator

    • C.

      A Mississippi Senator

    • D.

      A Maine Senator

    Correct Answer
    C. A Mississippi Senator
    Explanation
    Jefferson Davis was originally a Mississippi Senator.

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  • 11. 

    What was the first state to secede?

    • A.

      Alabama

    • B.

      Louisiana

    • C.

      North Carolina

    • D.

      South Carolina

    Correct Answer
    D. South Carolina
    Explanation
    South Carolina was the first state to secede from the United States. This occurred on December 20, 1860, following the election of President Abraham Lincoln. The secession was driven by South Carolina's concerns over the preservation of slavery and the perceived threat to their way of life. This act of secession eventually led to the formation of the Confederate States of America and the start of the American Civil War.

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  • 12. 

    What was the first major event leading to the Civil War?

    • A.

      The Fall of Ft. Sumter

    • B.

      The Compromise of 1850

    • C.

      The Kansas - Nebraska Act

    • D.

      Lincoln's Inauguration

    Correct Answer
    A. The Fall of Ft. Sumter
    Explanation
    The Fall of Ft. Sumter was the first major event leading to the Civil War because it marked the beginning of armed conflict between the Union and Confederate forces. The Confederate forces attacked and captured Ft. Sumter, a Union stronghold in South Carolina, which was seen as an act of rebellion against the federal government. This event escalated tensions between the North and the South, ultimately leading to the outbreak of the Civil War.

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