Quiz on the Coming of the Civil War

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1. The major issue that divided American politics in the 1850s was

a. the morality of slavery b. the expansion of slavery into the western territories c. foreign immigration

2. The admission of California to the Union in 1850

a. gave the North control of the House of Representatives b. broke the sectional balance of power between North and South in the U.S. Senate c. meant that a majority of Americans now lived west of the Mississippi

3. The most divisive element in the Compromise of 1850 was a provision

a. abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia b. admitting California to the Union as a free state c. requiring the return of fugitive slaves

4. What was the name of the anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant party that arose in the early 1850s?

a. The Anti-Masons b. The Populists c. The Know-Nothings

5. A Northern man with Southern principles was called a

a. doughface a. fire-eater b. Know-Nothing

6. Stephen Douglas proposed that the issue of slavery in Kansas be resolved by

a. the Supreme Court b. a vote of the people who settled the territory c. Congress

7. Consequences of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 included all but one of the following. Select the EXCEPTION.

a. The repeal of the Compromise of 1820 b. Guerrilla warfare in Kansas c. The formation of the Republican party d. The admission of Kansas to the Union as a slave state

8. In its notorious Dred Scott decision, a majority of the Supreme Court made all but one of the following rulings. Select the EXCEPTION.

a. That the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights were not intended to apply to African Americans b. That African Americans were not citizens of the United States c. That Congress could not exclude slavery from a territory d. That popular sovereignty was constitutional

9. John Brown

a. sought to provoke a slave revolt by raiding Harpers Ferry, Virginia b. was declared insane by the court c. received strong support from Abraham Lincoln

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