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Unit 4 Final Assessment: Antebellum America & Divisive Events

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  • Q1

    The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 required that ___.

    escaped slaves be given their freedom if they made it across a state's boundary

    slave catchers be given a reward for their services

    anyone helping an escaped slave be fined or imprisoned

    escaped slaves be transported to Canada

  • Q2

    What was the main reason Stephen A. Douglas wanted Kansas and Nebraska organized into territories?

    He wanted to make it easier to build a transcontinental railroad.

    He wanted to stop the spread of slavery.

    He planned to increase the spread slavery.

    He desired to add additional states to the Union.

  • Q3

    Kansas was called “Bleeding Kansas” because ____.

    of conflicts between settlers and the U.S. Army

    of violent conflicts between pro-slavery and anti-slavery settlers in the territory

    of riots caused by legislators making unfair laws for the area

    of continued violence between settlers and Native Americans

  • Q4

    People who worked to end slavery, even by breaking laws,  were called ___.





  • Q5

    Which of the following statements is not true about the Republican Party?

    The Republican Party was formed in response to the Kansas-Nebraska Act.

    The Republican Party's first presidential winner was elected in 1860.

    The Republican Party's members wanted to keep slavery out of the western territories.

    The Republican Party was the first political party ever formed in the United States.

  • Q6

    The Compromise of 1850 appealed to the southern states by ___. 

    allowing new territories to decide the slavery issue through popular sovereignty, and adopting a stricter Fugitive Slave Law

    admitting Texas as a free state, and adding West Virginia as a slave state

    allowing runaway slaves to move to Canada

    admitting California as a free state, and banning the slave trade in the District of Columbia

  • Q7

    Which of the following happened after Abraham Lincoln was elected president?

    The Utah Territory and New Mexico Territory were created from the Mexican Cession lands.

    The Supreme Court announced the Dred Scott Decision.

    The state of South Carolina withdrew from the United States.

    Congress passed the Missouri Compromise.

  • Q8

    Which one of the following upheld slaveholders’ rights to their property anywhere in the United States?

    The Wilmot Proviso

    The Dred Scott Decision

    The Compromise of 1850

    The Kansas-Nebraska Act

  • Q9

    Under the terms of the Wilmot Proviso, if it would have passed the Senate, slavery would have been banned in ___.


    the territories gained from Mexico


    all southern states

  • Q10

    Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the conflicts leading to “Bleeding Kansas,” and the raid on Harpers Ferry all led to ___.

    compromises between the Northern and Southern states.

    a wider acceptance of slavery by most Americans

    a greater involvement by African-Americans in the United States government

    increased hostility between the Northern and Southern states.

  • Q11

    Most southerners argued that secession of states from the Union was legal because of ___.

    the Declaration of Independence

    states' rights

    the First Amendment to the Constitution

    popular sovereignty

  • Q12

    Which one of the following was not a well-known abolitionist?

    Henry David Thoreau

    Stephen A. Douglas

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

    Frederick Douglass

  • Q13

    What was the outcome of the senate election of 1858 between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas?

    Douglas lost the election, but gained support throughout the country.

    Lincoln won the election and national prominence.

    Lincoln lost the election, and no longer participated in politics.

    Douglas won the election, but lost northern support.

  • Q14

    As part of the Compromise of 1850 which of these was no longer permitted in the District of Columbia?

    purchasing Native American lands

    voting by African Americans and women

    the practice of slavery

    buying and selling of slaves

  • Q15

    Which of the following explains the purpose of John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry?

    He wanted to intimidate abolitionists and runaway slaves.

    He wanted to overthrow the U.S. government.

    He wanted to punish the politicians of America. 

    He wanted to start a slave uprising throughout the South.


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