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Voting Rights Quiz

Quiz by Mark Hajjar

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  • Q1
    Who was allowed to vote when the Constitution of the United States was first adopted?
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    It varied depending on what state you lived in.
    All white people.
    Only white men who owned property.
    Only white, Christian men who owned property.
  • Q2
    During the Reconstruction Era (1865-1877), which of following events did NOT occur in the South?
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    The federal government provided each male, freed from slavery, with forty acres and a mule.
    Blacks elected many representatives to state legislatures throughout the South.
    The integrated Southern state legislatures mandated the establishment of compulsory universal public education for the first time in the South.
    Fourteen black representatives and two black senators served in the U.S. Congress.
  • Q3
    During most of the 20th century, African Americans were prevented from voting by:
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    Literacy tests.
    Intimidation, economic retaliation, and violence.
    “Poll taxes” that many poor people could not afford.
    All of these answer options
  • Q4
    Which of the following happened to Fannie Lou Hamer after she took the voter registration test in Mississippi in 1962?
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    All of these answer options
    She was evicted from her home.
    She lost her job.
    She was beaten.
  • Q5
    Which of the following individuals were murdered for pursuing their constitutional right to vote?
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    Rev. George W. Lee
    Jimmie Lee Jackson
    All of these answer options
    Herbert Lee
  • Q6
    What role did the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) most consistently play with regards to the Civil Rights Movement, including the struggle for voting rights?
    They protected African Americans who pursued their constitutional right to vote, attend school, use public transportation, pray, and more.
    Worked with the CIA to ensure that all African Americans would no longer pay poll taxes.
    They collected information, spied on civil rights leaders (including Martin Luther King, Jr.), and spread misinformation.
    They collected information on the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party to prevent attacks on Civil Rights Movement activists.
  • Q7
    Which of the following had the most impact in the progress towards greater voting rights?
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    The federal government.
    The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
    National civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. or Roy Wilkins of the NAACP.
    Grassroots activism and organizing.
  • Q8
    From the list below, the most commonly used strategy to organize for voting rights for African Americans in the south was:
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    Mass demonstrations
    Door-to-door canvassing
  • Q9
    Which of the following groups has done the most to champion the concept of “one person, one vote,” regardless of race, class, or literacy.
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    The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
    The Black Panther Party
    The "Founding Fathers"
    The Suffragettes
  • Q10
    What are some of the measures used today to discourage voting or politically disadvantage some populations?
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    Voter ID laws
    All of these answer choices
    Denying the right to vote to the incarcerated or formerly incarcerated

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