Quiz on Slavery

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Part I: Multiple Choice Questions:

1. Approximately how many Africans were forcibly transported to the New World between the 15th and the mid-19th centuries? a. 100,000 b. 1 milllion c. 5 million d. 10-16 million

2. Before 1820, a.European immigrants to the New World outnumbered slave imports by a 4 to 1 ratio b. European immigrants and slaves arrived in roughly equal numbers c. Slave imports outnumbered European immigration by 4 or 5 to 1

3. What proportion of slaves forcibly transported to the New World were imported into areas that are now part of the United States? a. 6 percent b. 26 percent c. 50 percent d. 76 percent

4. Slaves and free blacks made up what proportion of New York City's population in the early 18th century? a. 1 percent b. 5 percent c. 10 percent d. 15 percent

5. The overwhelming majority of African slaves were brought to the United States between a. 1607 and 1676 b. 1677 and 1720 c. 1721 and 1780 d. after 1780

6. Slavery in the United States was unique in all but one of the following ways. Select the EXCEPTION. a. the near balance of the sexes b. a lower death rate than elsewhere in the Americas c. greater access to freedom d.the ability of the slave population to increase its numbers by natural reproduction

7. The proportion of Southern white families that owned slaves in 1860 was a. 10 percent b. 25-30 percent c. 50 percent d. 75 percent

8. In the late antebellum period, approximately how many free blacks owned slaves? a. fewer than 100 b. 500 c. 1,000 d. 4,000

9. Approximately how many American slaveowners had more than 50 slaves in 1860? a. 10,000 b. 50,000 c. 100,000 d. 250,000

10. When did most of the American slave population convert to Christianity? a. during the 17th century b. during the Great Awakening of the 1730s and 1740s c. before and during the American Revolution d. at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th

Part II. True or False

_____ 1. Slavery has always been based on race _____ 2. Most African slaves were acquired by European raiding parties _____ 3. Slave labor was inefficient and unproductive _____ 4. Slavery was incompatible with urban life and factory technology

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