Study Guide: Causes of the Civil War Quiz



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Study Guide:

Causes of the Civil War Quiz
You will be given a quiz on the political, economic and social causes of the American Civil War on May 21 & 22. The quiz will consist of multiple-choice, matching and short answer questions. In order to ensure success on the quiz it is VERY important that you study the information listed below. Use the handouts that you have been given in class and your notes to help you prepare (they will be more helpful than your textbook). If you have questions, please see Mr. Higgins before school, after-school, during lunch or during study hall.


  1. Be able to differentiate between a civil war and a regular war

(Vocabulary Builder: Civil War, political, economic, social handout)


  1. Be able to identify and explain the specific political, economic and social causes of the Civil War.

(All handouts)


  1. Be able to identify the following political causes of war: Missouri Compromise, 3/5 Compromise, nullification, Compromise of 1850, Kansas-Nebraska Act, Bleeding Kansas, popular sovereignty, Virginia Plan, Wilmot Proviso, Preston Brook’s cane, John Brown

(Compromises are a Temporary Solution: Political Tensions Between the North and the South Part I, Reaching the Boiling Point: Political Tensions Between the North and the South Part II handouts)


  1. Be able to explain why the compromises made between the North and South failed to bring about lasting peace between eth two regions (i.e. Great Compromise, 3/5 Compromise, Missouri Compromise, Compromise of 1850)

(Reaching the Boiling Point: Political Tensions Between the North and the South Part II handouts)


  1. Be able to explain how the acquisition of new land caused more tension between the north and the south: Treaty of Paris 1783, Louisiana Purchase 1803, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo 1848.

(all handouts on political causes of the war)


  1. Be able to identify the level of government that the North and the South believed should hold the most power. Be able to cite an historic example that supports your position.

(States’ Rights v. Federal Power: One Step Closer to the Civil War, Do At Bell: State & Federal Governments handouts)



  1. Be able to explain whether or not the North and South were guided by self-interest or principles in the way each region handled the Fugitive Slave Act.

(States’ Rights v. Federal Power: One Step Closer to the Civil War, Do At Bell: State & Federal Governments handouts)



  1. Be able to describe the impact that the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Dred Scott case (1857) had on free African-Americans living in the United States at the time.

(Historic Supreme Court Cases: Focus on the Dred Scott Case handouts)



  1. Be able to explain how the protective tariff of 1828 & 1832 benefited the North and hurt the South and be able to explain why & how the economies of the North and South were different (slavery, physical geography, economic needs)

(More Money, More Problems: Economic Causes of the Civil War handouts)


  1. Be able to explain the following things associated with social causes of war: abolitionists, William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglas, Nat Turner, Dred Scott Case, Harper’s Ferry, John Brown, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Mary Henderson Eastman, Aunt Phillis’ Cabin

(Liberty & Justice for All? Social Causes of the Civil War handouts)


  1. Be familiar with Lincoln’s position on slavery as described in his 1858 “House Divided” speech

(A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand: the Beginning of the American Civil War handout)



  1. Be knowledgeable about the details of the election of 1860 (who was running who won, what impact did the split of the Democratic Party have on the outcome of the election)

(The Party Splits and So Does the Nation…Examining the Election of 1860 handouts)



  1. Be familiar with the secession of the southern states and the formation of the Confederate States of America. (Why did South Carolina secede from the Union according to their “declaration of independence, compare the United States’ Declaration of Independence with that of South Carolina).

(Another Declaration of Independence: South Carolina Secedes from the Union handout)



  1. Be able to identify similarities and differences between the Confederate and United States’ Constitutions.

(The Birth of the Confederate States of America: Examining the Confederate Constitution handout)


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