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Reconstruction 1865 - 1877

Quiz by Jacob Coners

Grade 8
Social Studies
Tennessee Academic Standards

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Grade 8
Social Studies
Tennessee Academic Standards

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  • Q1

    Which of the following best describes the impact of former Tennessee Gov. William Brownlow?

    A former Union military officer who imposed military rule on Tennessee. The KKK formed, in part, to oppose him.

    Methodist minister, newspaper editor during the Civil War who was elected on a platform of reconciling the divisions in Tennessee (pro-slavery but also pro-union). The KKK formed, in part, to oppose him.

    A former Confederate officer who instituted Jim Crow laws in Tennessee. The KKK formed, in part, to support him.

    A pro-unionist during the Civil War who pushed for more inclusive laws in Tennessee. 

    30s
    8.73
  • Q2

    Which of these is the strongest evidence of the federal government showing its power over state governments during the Reconstruction period?

    The creation of the Freedmen’s Bureau

    The military occupation of former Confederate states

    The creation of the sharecropping system

    The migration of carpetbaggers into southern states

    30s
    8.69
  • Q3

    How did the Compromise of 1877 bring about the end of Reconstruction?

    Democrats agreed to support the Republican candidate in exchange for the withdrawal of troops from the South.

    Republicans agreed to support the Democratic candidate in exchange for increased troops to be sent into the South.

    The Supreme Court chose the winning candidate and declared that Reconstruction would end immediately.

    An independent was named president by a committee of Democrats and Republicans.

    30s
    8.75
  • Q4

    What was the secret society that terrorized African Americans and their white allies?

    Confederate Ghosts

    Confederacy Rising

    The Illuminati

    The Ku Klux Klan

    30s
    8.73
  • Q5

    According to many historical accounts, the first “Grand Wizard” of the KKK was:

    Nathan Bedford Forrest

    Isham Harris

    William Brownlow

    Robert E. Lee

    30s
    8.73
  • Q6

    According to many historical accounts, what prompted the KKK’s activities to involve violence and intimidation?

    The rise of freedman’s political power in the South

    The decline of the Constitutional Union Party’s political power in the South

    The rise of the Democratic Party’s political power in the South

    The decline of the Republican Party’s political power in the South

    30s
    8.73
  • Q7

    According to many historical accounts, the Ku Klux Klan was created because:

    There were not enough separate but equal facilities for African Americans and whites.

    Some whites wanted to make sure everyone had equal rights.

    Some whites who were angry about losing power resorted to violence.

    The number of African Americans voters was declining.

    30s
    8.73
  • Q8

    Who was the first African-American elected to the Tennessee General Assembly?

    Harold Ford Sr. 

    William Brownlow

    John Merritt

    Sampson Keeble

    30s
    8.70
  • Q9

    Which of the following is true about the election of African Americans to Tennessee’s General Assembly?

    They were able to make sweeping changes, including the elimination of Jim Crow Laws

    Many were driven away from their positions with threats of violence and intimidation

    They started a long legacy of continued African American representation in the General Assembly that lasts through today.

    There were more African Americans in the General Assembly than whites

    30s
    8.70
  • Q10

    What is a personal tax to be paid before voting? 

    Poll tax

    Voting fee

    Income tax

    Sales tax

    30s
    8.70
  • Q11

    Tennessee’s 1870 Constitutional Convention did which of the following?

    Outlawed white supremacist hate groups

    Required African Americans to pay a poll tax

    Allowed for integration of schools

    Refused to enforce the 13th Amendment

    30s
    8.70
  • Q12

    One of the functions of the Freedmen's Bureau was to:

    Provide assistance to former enslaved people

    Discourage segregation in the South

    Reward veterans with land and money

    Relocate former slaves from plantations to urban areas

    30s
    8.72
  • Q13

    What was one of the purpose of “Black Codes”?

    To ensure the civil rights of former enslaved people

    To ensure former enslaved people could access education

    To prevent former slaves from gaining rights

    30s
    8.72
  • Q14

    What was one of the purpose of “Black Codes”?

    To ensure former enslaved people could access education

    To provide field workers for cotton plantations

    To ensure the civil rights of former enslaved people

    30s
    8.72
  • Q15

    What was the long-term result of the Republicans’ impeachment of Andrew Johnson?

    Johnson and the Republicans reconciled and they worked together to pass the Reconstruction Amendments.

    The federal government was basically non-functional until the next election.

    Johnson’s presidency was strengthened and the Republicans lost control of Reconstruction.

    Johnson’s presidency would struggle and the Republicans took charge of Reconstruction.

    30s
    8.67

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