Unit 13 Riotto - The Civil War

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  • 1. 
    Of the following, the most threatening problem for the Union from 1861 through 1863 was
    • A. 

      Possible British recognition of the Confederacy

    • B. 

      Spanish intervention in Santo Domingo

    • C. 

      French objections to the Union blockade

    • D. 

      British insistence on the abolition of slavery

    • E. 

      British objections to the Union position on "continuous voyage"

  • 2. 
    In 1861, the North went to war with the South primarily to 
    • A. 

      Liberate the slaves

    • B. 

      Prevent European powers from meddling in American affairs

    • C. 

      Preserve the Union

    • D. 

      Avenge political defeats and insults inflicted by the South

    • E. 

      Forestall a Southern invasion of the North

  • 3. 
    When the Emancipation Proclamation was issued at the beginning of 1863, its immediate effect was to
    • A. 

      End the Civil War

    • B. 

      Abolish slavery

    • C. 

      Free slaves held in the border states

    • D. 

      Alienate Britain and France

    • E. 

      Strengthen the moral cause of the Union

  • 4. 
    The Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862, is considered pivotal to the outcome of the Civil War becaues it
    • A. 

      Represented the Union's deepest thrust into southern territory

    • B. 

      Forestalled the possibility of European intervention

    • C. 

      Resulted in the border states joining the Confederacy

    • D. 

      Marked the first use of black troops by the Union army

    • E. 

      Confirmed George McClellan's status as the leading Union general

  • 5. 
    Confederate batteries fired on Fort SUmter when they learned that
    • A. 

      Lincoln had sent more federal troops to reinforce the fort

    • B. 

      Lincoln had sent food and supplies to the fort

    • C. 

      The fort's commander was secretly planning to evacuate the fort

    • D. 

      Lincoln had called for 75,000 volunteers to defend the fort

    • E. 

      Southern support for secession was already weakening

  • 6. 
    When the Civil War began, the South's greatest advantage was its
    • A. 

      Greater ability to wage offensive war

    • B. 

      More consistent and talented military leadership

    • C. 

      Superior industrial capacity

    • D. 

      More developed modern transportation system

    • E. 

      Northern sympathizers

  • 7. 
    The South's greatest weakness during the war was its
    • A. 

      Military leadership

    • B. 

      Slave population

    • C. 

      Ethnic diversity

    • D. 

      Ethnic unity

    • E. 

      Economy

  • 8. 
    The North's greatest strength during the war was its
    • A. 

      Ethnic unity

    • B. 

      Military leadership

    • C. 

      Economy

    • D. 

      Morale

    • E. 

      Black population

  • 9. 
    The South had hoped Britain would come to its aid because the British 
    • A. 

      Were sympathetic to their cause

    • B. 

      Hated Lincoln

    • C. 

      Still had slavery

    • D. 

      Wanted to expand Canadian territory

    • E. 

      Were dependent on southern cotton

  • 10. 
    Britain the U.S. were nearly provoked into war by
    • A. 

      The incompetence of Charles Francis Adams

    • B. 

      Britain's disregard for the Union blockade

    • C. 

      The refusal of the British to publish Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • D. 

      The Trent affair

  • 11. 
    The main reason that the British did not try to break the Union blockade was
    • A. 

      They did not want to fight the superior Union Navy

    • B. 

      They feared losing northern grain shipments

    • C. 

      The British upper class supported the South

    • D. 

      It caused no hardship in Britain

    • E. 

      They did not want to fight the superior Union Army

  • 12. 
    During the first hlaf of the war, the Union relied mostly on
    • A. 

      The draft

    • B. 

      Bounty brokers

    • C. 

      Substitute brokers

    • D. 

      Volunteers

    • E. 

      Foreign mercenaries

  • 13. 
    The Union's establishment of a national banking system
    • A. 

      Led to the issuance of depreciated paper money

    • B. 

      Established the gold standard in the U.S.

    • C. 

      Resulted in the reestablishment of the Bank of U.S.

    • D. 

      Lasted only during the war

    • E. 

      Was the first significant step toward a unified banking system since 1836

  • 14. 
    Lincoln hoped that a Union victory at First Manassas would
    • A. 

      Lead to the capture of the Confederate capital

    • B. 

      Destroy the South's economy

    • C. 

      Lead to a general slave uprising

    • D. 

      Give him more constitutional authority

    • E. 

      Appease radical abolitionists

  • 15. 
    The most important factor in the Union victory at Antietam was
    • A. 

      Britain's refusal to help the South

    • B. 

      The Union's discovery of Lee's battle plans

    • C. 

      Lincoln's removal of McClellan from command

    • D. 

      The death of Stonewall Jackson

    • E. 

      The use of the Gatlin gun

  • 16. 
    The result of the Union victory at Antietam included all of the following except
    • A. 

      Lincoln's issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation

    • B. 

      Lincoln's removal of McClellan from command

    • C. 

      Lee's reconsideration of his plans to invade the North

    • D. 

      The death of Stonewall Jackson

  • 17. 
    The Emancipation Proclamation declared free only those slaves in 
    • A. 

      The Border States

    • B. 

      Union territories

    • C. 

      Slave states that remained loyal to the Union

    • D. 

      States still in rebellion against the U.S.

    • E. 

      Areas controlled by the Union Army

  • 18. 
    The Emancipation Proclamation
    • A. 

      Was issued 5 days after the Battle of Atietam

    • B. 

      Took effect on 1/1/1863

    • C. 

      Authorized the enlistment of black troops

    • D. 

      Was a moral and diplomatic boost for the union

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 19. 
    Lee decided to invade the North through Pennsylvania
    • A. 

      Even after his Antietam plan failed

    • B. 

      To convince MD to secede

    • C. 

      To increase Copperhead pressure on Lincoln

    • D. 

      To capture D.C.

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 20. 
    All of the following are true of the Battle of Gettysburg except
    • A. 

      It marked the beginning of the end for the South

    • B. 

      It was the largest land battle ever fought on U.S. soil

    • C. 

      It marked the end of Lee's plans to invade the North

    • D. 

      It resulted in the most eloquent speech ever in the history of the universe

    • E. 

      It guaranteed Lincoln's reelection

  • 21. 
    The Union victory at Vicksburg was of major importance because
    • A. 

      It fully reopened the Mississippi River to northern trade

    • B. 

      It guaranteed Lincoln's reelection

    • C. 

      It forced Lee to surrender

    • D. 

      It resulted in British aid

  • 22. 
    The northern group most threatening to Union morale was
    • A. 

      Radical Republicans

    • B. 

      African Americans

    • C. 

      Copperheads

    • D. 

      Union Party

    • E. 

      Northern War Democrats

  • 23. 
    In the 1864 presidential election, Lincoln chose _______ as this vice presidential running mate.
    • A. 

      A northern Republican

    • B. 

      A southern Republican

    • C. 

      A northern Democrat

    • D. 

      A southern Democrat

    • E. 

      A general

  • 24. 
    Linocln's reelection was really on guaranteed by the Union victory at 
    • A. 

      Antietam

    • B. 

      Gettysburg

    • C. 

      Vicksburg

    • D. 

      Atlanta

    • E. 

      Appomattox

  • 25. 
    The Confederacy enlisted slaves into its army
    • A. 

      A month before the war ended

    • B. 

      At the beginning of the war

    • C. 

      As a response to the Emancipation Proclamation

    • D. 

      As a response to the ratification of the 13th Amendment

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