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Eighth Grade (Grade 8) Civil War Questions

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Grade 8 Civil War
Early in the Civil War, what did Lincoln say was the purpose?
  1. the abolition of slavery
  2. to force the South to become an independent nation
  3. to destroy Southern plantations
  4. to save the Union
Grade 8 Civil War
Which of the following was an example of a Northern advantage in the Civil War?
  1. The war was fought mostly on Northern soil.
  2. The North owned about 90 percent of the Nation's factories.
  3. Most Northerners had experience riding horses.
  4. Some of the most brilliant officers in the United States Army were from the North.
Grade 8 Civil War
Who wrote the book Uncle Tom's Cabin, which heavily influenced public opinion of the Civil War?
  1. Clara Barton
  2. Molly Picher
  3. Harriet Beecher Stowe
  4. Harriet Tubman
Grade 8 Civil War
Which of the following was true about General George McClellan?
  1. He was very disorganized.
  2. He was an inexperienced general.
  3. He was the leader of the Confederate military.
  4. He was overly cautious and slow to strike in battle.
Grade 8 Civil War
Harriet Tubman is most closely associated with
  1. helping to preserve slavery.
  2. the Underground Railroad.
  3. the slave ship Amistad.
  4. the Second Great Awakening.
Grade 8 Civil War
Considered the greatest Confederate commander, but died after his own troops accidentally shot him.
  1. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson
  2. William Sherman
  3. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
  4. Ulysses S. Grant
Grade 8 Civil War
The slave codes were
  1. rules to protect the general welfare of enslaved people.
  2. ways for enslaved people to secretly communicate with one another other.
  3. laws that controlled the lives of enslaved African Americans.
  4. guidelines for freeing a certain number of enslaved people every year.
Grade 8 Civil War
The proposal by Stephen Douglas on the issue of slavery in the Kansas and Nebraska territories was that
  1. the Missouri Compromise should not be changed.
  2. voters in the territories should decide the issue.
  3. the number of slaves in any territory should be limited.
  4. slavery should be abolished in all new territories.
Grade 8 Civil War
Which statement best describes Henry Clay's goal in proposing the Missouri Compromise?
  1. Eventually, slavery as an institution will be overturned and the slaves will all be freed.
  2. Slavery will be allowed in some northern states at the same time it is being phased out of the southern states.
  3. Northern and southern states cannot agree on a system that will satisfy them both.
  4. The balance in the Senate will be maintained by this agreement.
Grade 8 Civil War
What was the primary issue during the Lincoln-Douglas debates that forged Lincoln into a prominent national figure?
  1. Slavery
  2. admitting Missouri into the Union
  3. The Kansas-Nebraska Act
  4. Tariff of 1832
Grade 8 Civil War
Freed over 70 slaves through the Underground Railroad.
  1. Clara Barton
  2. Harriet Beecher Stowe
  3. Harriet Tubman
  4. Dolly Madison
Grade 8 Civil War
Union General that marched from Atlanta to Savannah, Georgia destroying everything in his path.
  1. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
  2. Thomas Stonewall Jackson
  3. George C. Meade
  4. William Sherman
Grade 8 Civil War
Grade 8 Civil War
What earned the territory of Kansas the name "bleeding Kansas"?
  1. Residents of the territory fought over whether or not Kansas should join the Union.
  2. Proslavery and antislavery forces fought violently over whether Kansas would be a free state or a slaveholding state.
  3. The territory lost a large number of soldiers during the Mexican-American War.
  4. Slave owners in the territory had a reputation for badly mistreating their slaves.
Grade 8 Civil War
What did Dred Scott do that made him famous?
  1. He escaped
  2. He sued the government for his freedom
  3. He was African American
  4. He fought in the Civil War
Grade 8 Civil War
Why did people in the North and the South have such different views about slavery?
  1. The South's economy depended on slavery, while the economy of the North did not.
  2. Most people in the South believed slavery was morally wrong.
  3. Northerners thought slavery was destroying the economy.
  4. Southerners believed slavery should be eliminated gradually, while northerners thought it should be abolished all at once.
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