Study Guide Ch. 14 The Nation Divided

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Ch. 14 The Nation Divided

This test will be worth 70 points! Questions on the test will include matching, multiple choice, true/false and short answer. Below are the questions divided by type! Good Luck!

1. Matching (20 pts)
Be able to identify the following people and agreements for the matching section.

  • Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • John Brown

  • Roger B. Taney

  • Northern Democrats


  • Fugitive Slave Act

  • Free-Soil Party

  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

  • Constitutional Union Party

  • Compromise of 1850

  • Wilmot Proviso

2. Multiple Choice & True/False (40 pts)
Be able to answer all of the following questions as thoroughly as possible for the true/false and multiple choice sections.

What was the importance of Fort Sumter?

Who was involved at the Pottawatomie Massacre?

What did Steven Douglas support that created an issue over Kansas?

Who did the slave states choose as their president?

What was “Bleeding Kansas”?

Who was Eli Thayer?

What were the beliefs of the Northern Democrats?

How did President Lincoln view the idea of slavery?

Which rights did slaves have under the Fugitive Slave Act?

What was the full ruling in the Dred Scott Decision?

Why did the Southern states decide to leave the Union?

What was the result of the Lincoln-Douglas debates?

How did Southerners view the Wilmot Proviso?

What were the major parts of the Compromise of 1850?

What did the Confederates name their new country?

Was Nebraska a free or a slave state after the Kansas-Nebraska Act?

What impacted the Uncle Tom’s Cabin have on the issue of slaver in the United States?

What were issues that the Republican Party DID support?

How did the North AND South view John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry?

3. Short Answer (5 pts per question)
Please pick two of the following questions to write about.

  • How did the question of admission of new states to the Union fuel the debate over slavery and state’s rights?

    • Hint: What were the views on slavery & events including the Wilmot Proviso, Free-Soil Party, Compromise of 1850, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, or Kansas-Nebraska Act

  • What was the Compromise of 1850 & why did it fail?

  • Why did the Lincoln-Douglas debates and John Brown’s Raid increase tensions between the North and South?

    • Hint: How did the North & South view John Brown’s Raid & what were the major viewpoints of Lincoln & Douglas?

  • Why did the election of Abraham Lincoln spark secession of southern states?

    • Hint: How did the Southerners feel about Lincoln and his views?

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