Quiz on the Civil War

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1. Before becoming President, Abraham Lincoln had served as

a. Governor of Illinois b. U.S. Senator c. U.S. Representative

2. When John Brown attacked a federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, his plan was to:

a. Start a civil war b. Arm freed slaves for a rebellion c. Recapture free and runaway blacks

3. In the election of 1860, Abraham Lincoln won

a. 60 percent of the vote b. 51 percent of the vote c. Less than 40 percent of the vote

4. Between December 1860 and February 1, 1861, how many southern states left the Union?

a. 1 b. 7 c. 13 d. 15

5. In early 1861

a. There were no attempts to compromise the differences between the North and South b. President Lincoln strongly supported efforts to negotiate a compromise c. There was a peace conference as well as proposals to guarantee the continued existence of slavery and to permit slavery throughout the Southwest

6. Which of the following statements is true?

a. President Lincoln provoked civil war by attempting to send arms and reinforcements into Fort Sumter in South Carolina b. The Confederacy fired on Fort Sumter after President Lincoln had informed them he would peacefully resupply the fort with provisions c. No shots were fired before Union troops surrendered Fort Sumter to Confederate forces.

7. At the outset of the Civil War, how many slaves were there in the United States?

a. Half a million b. 1 million c. 4 million

8. At the beginning of the Civil War, many American military officers had:

a. Served together in the War of 1812 b. Served together in the Mexican War c. Served together in the French and Indian War

9. At the beginning of 1861, the U.S. army consisted of how many troops?

a. 16,000 b. 160,000 c. 1.6 million

10. At the beginning of the Civil War, what was the northern and southern populations?

a. 22.5 million in the North and 9 million in the South b. 15 million in the North and 15 million in the South c. 9 million in the North and 20.5 million in the South

11. When the war began, Lincoln called for volunteers to enlist for:

a. Three months b. One year c. Four years

12. After the attack on Fort Sumter,

a. all southern states joined the Confederacy b. all the remaining slave states except Virginia remained in the Union c. four slave states-Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, and Missouri-remained in the Union

13. The Union military strategy, to blockade southern ports and divide the south into three distinct theaters, is known as the

a. Mississippi Plan b. Marshall Plan c. Anaconda Plan

14. What made slavery illegal throughout the United States?

a. Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. b. A constitutional amendment. c. An act of Congress.

15. The Confederate draft law exempted:

a. Conscientious objectors b. Ship captains c. Owners of more than 20 slaves

16. In the midst of the Civil War, the worst mob violence in American history took place in:

a. New York in 1863 b. Philadelphia in 1864 c. Richmond in 1865

17. Which of the following statements is true?

a. 186,000 African Americans served in the Union army and 29,000 in the navy b. African American soldiers were relegated to separate regiments commanded by white officers. c. African American troops were not provided with enlistment bonuses and did not receive equal pay until 1864 d. all of the above e. none of the above

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