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Sectionalism & Prelude to War

Quiz by Melissa Ogle

High School
American History I
North Carolina Standard Course of Study

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High School
American History I
North Carolina Standard Course of Study

AH1.H.4.1
AH1.H.4.3
AH1.H.4.4
AH1.H.4.2

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  • Q1
    How did Harriet Beecher Stowe contribute to the Abolition movement?
    Harriet Beecher Stowe was an abolitionist who fought for the rights of Mexican women and children who were displaced due to the Mexican Cession becoming American territory in 1826. She wrote several important articles and pamphlets on the importance of the Mexican culture to a "New America".
    Harriet Beecher Stowe was an abolitionist who wrote the book "Uncle Tom's Cabin". The book discussed the evils of slavery and the injustice of the Fugitive Slave Law.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe was an abolitionist who wrote the book "Uncle Tom's Cabin". The book discussed the evils of slavery and the injustice of the Fugitive Slave Law.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe was an abolitionist who founded the newspaper "The Liberator" which published editorials, information, and ideas on the abolition of slavery for all the nation to read.
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  • Q2
    How did Fredrick Douglas contribute to the abolition movement?
    Fredrick Douglas was a freeman who was able to help slaves escape to freedom in Western cities. He was a major player in the fight for women's suffrage by organizing his own events for African American women in 1835.
    Frederick Douglass was an escaped slave who traveled the country giving speeches about slavery. He published the newspaper "the North Star", and his autobiography, "The Narrative Life of Fredrick Douglass".
    Fredrick Douglas was an escaped slave who earned his freedom by working for a Newspaper editor at "The Liberator" which earned him a large enough wage to purchase his freedom from his owner and he encouraged others to do the same.
    Fredrick Douglas was a enslaved man who used the power of education, which he obtained illegally, to write speeches and songs that would inspire other slaves to fight for their freedom.
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  • Q3
    1. Missouri was added the Union as a slave state and Maine was added to the Union as a free state. 2. A line would be drawn across the Louisiana Purchase at 36'30. Slavery would be allowed only below that line. Which of the following compromises is being described above?
    The Great Compromise of 1800
    Missouri Compromise
    Kansas-Nebraska Compromise
    Compromise of 1850
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  • Q4
    What changed between the Missouri Compromise and the Compromise of 1850?
    The Compromise of 1850 did not allow for slavery in the western part of the United States. But it did include a Fugitive Slave Law that would prevent slaves from escaping to free territory.
    The Mexican Cession was added to the United States and opened to slavery through popular sovereignty. Also, California was added to the Union as a free state.
    The Missouri Compromise was found to be unconstitutional and slavery in the United States was outlawed as a result of a bad law.
    The Mexican Cession was closed to all slavery and California became a free state which upset the balance in Congress.
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  • Q5
    Why was Kansas called “Bleeding Kansas?”
    The were several small slave revolts in Kansas where many people were killed.
    There was an incredible outbreak of violence between pro-slavery settlers and abolitionists. There was also violence in Congress between Preston Brooks and Charles Sumner.
    There was a small war between the Mexicans and the Americans over the issue of slavery and the rights to the territory which used to below to Mexico.
    Congress was so heated over the issue of states' rights that there were several brawls on the Senate floor.
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  • Q6
    What was the impact (or effect) of the Dred Scott decision?
    Chief Justice Taney ruled that Dred Scott was not a citizen, and that slave owners could not be prevented from moving their slaves wherever they wished. This meant that slaves could be brought anywhere. Therefore, the Dred Scott decision made it possible for slavery to spread again to the whole of the country.
    The Supreme Court decided that slaves were only allowed in "slave territory" and if an owner brought them into free country in the North they were to be considered freeman and were not to be forced to return south with their owners.
    The Supreme Court decided that slaves were not citizens but they could not be brought above the 36'30 line, even by their master. So this reinforced the idea of slavery in the South but held firm the free North.
    The Dred Scott decision didn't really do much for the issue of slavery, but it did show that the nation was on the side of the North and that the end of slavery was close.
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  • Q7
    What is the historical context of the passage?
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    The Civil War broke out in 1845 and several slaves saw this as an opportunity to escape the plantations they were forced to work on.
    During the Abolition Movement, the conditions of slavery were brought to the attention of the general public, mostly through the writings of female abolition leaders.
    During the Reform Movements of the 1840s, several women spoke out against the horrors women faced without political and social equality. They wrote about their stories in local newspapers.
    Between 1820-1865, the country was greatly divided on the issue of slavery and several abolitionist groups were formed to try and end the horrors of slavery. However due to the economic importance of slavery, they were not able to gain much support.
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  • Q8
    How did the map show the countries first attempts to compromise on the issue of slavery?
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    The Louisiana Purchase was divided in half by the 36'30 line. Missouri was added as a slave state and Maine was added as a free state in order to not upset the balance in Congress.
    The Mexican Cession was considered a slave territory since it was not officially part of the United States.
    Four new slave states were added to the Union and the territory of the Mexican Cession was considered to be free.
    A line was drawn at the 56'50 line of the United States and prevented the freeing of slaves below that line. While all territories were allowed to keep slaves no matter where they were located.
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  • Q9
    Who was the leader of the event that is being described in the passage below?
    Abraham Lincoln
    Fredrick Douglas
    John Brown
    Dred Scott
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  • Q10
    How were the economies of the north and south different?
    North was based on mining and the South was based on agriculture and slavery
    North was based on agriculture and slavery while the South was based on industries and factories
    North was based on industries and the South was based on mining
    North was based on industries and factories while the South was based on agriculture and slavery
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