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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