Causes of the Civil War Quiz
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1. Which of the following characterized slavery in the United States before the Civil War?
2. Before the Civil War the North and South were very different places. Which of the following characterized the South before the Civil War?
3. Prior to the Civil War the North and South were very different places. Which of the following characterized the North before the Civil War?
4. Slavery and other political issues such as States’ Rights and tariffs contributed to the start of which of the conflicts below?
5. Why did Southerners feel they needed slaves?
6. Which of the following best describes the "abolitionists"?
7. What compromise did Henry Clay propose for admitting Missouri into the Union in 1820?
8. What happened as a result of the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act?
9. Which of the following best describes the result of the Dred Scott Decision ?
10. Which of the books below was written by Harriet Beacher Stow and was a major cause of the Civil War?
11. Which of the following were parts of the Compromise of 1850?
12. Which famous abolitionist led a raid on the arsenal in Harper’s Ferry Virginia with the hope of starting a slave rebellion?
13. The term “secession” refers to which action taken by Southern states before the American Civil War?
14. Which of the following can be said about Abraham Lincoln before the Civil War?
15. Look at the diagram above. Which of the following completes the diagram?
16. What did Southern states do following the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860?
17. The first shots of the Civil War were fired at which of the following locations?
18. Which of the following abolitionists played a major role in the "Underground Railroad?"
19. Which of the following politicians was known as "The Great Compromiser" in the years before the Civil War?
20. Which of the following was the first state to secede or leave the union?
21. Why did most northerners oppose or not like the Fugitive Slave Act?
22. Which two states below were part of the Missouri Compromise of 1820?
23. In which of the states below was a mini Civil War fought over slavery before the Civil War began?
24. Using the map above, which state below seceded and joined the Confederate States of America?
25. Using the map above, which state below remained loyal to the Union or the United States of America?
Short Answer: Identify two causes of the American Civil War. Explain how each cause lead to the Civil War.
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