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1. Which was the MOST important development in voting rights in the U.S. in the early 1800s?

A) Native Americans were allowed to vote on a limited basis.

B) Women were allowed to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment.

C) African-American males were allowed to vote with the passage of the 15th Amendment.

D) More white men were allowed to vote when the requirement of land ownership was repealed.


"That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?"

Sojourner Truth, 1851

Sojourner Truth makes an argument that combines

A) women's rights and abolition.

B) abolition and reproductive rights.

C) women's rights and women's suffrage.

D) religious tolerance and worker's rights



· Frederick Douglass
· William Lloyd Garrison
· Sojourner Truth

All of these were prominent names in WHICH social movement?
A) women's suffrage
B) states rights
C) prohibition
D) abolition

4. Which of these BEST describes the efforts of William Lloyd Garrison?

A) organized an unsuccessful slave revolt in 1826.
B) advocated the settling of Liberia by freed slaves.
C) believed slavery should be phased out over a period of time.
D) urged immediate emancipation of slaves in the United States.

5. In the period before the Civil War, the principle of popular sovereignty meant that whether or not a territory allowed slavery would be left up to

A) territorial legislatures.
B) the United States Congress.
C) the United States Supreme Court.
D) the President most recently elected.


Two of the ten commandments deal death to slavery. "THOU SHALT NOT STEAL," or, "Thou shalt not take from another what belongs to him." All a man's powers are God's gift to HIM. Each is a part of himself. All else that belongs to man is acquired by the use of these powers [God-granted rights]. The interest belongs to him, because the principal does; the product is his, because he is the producer. Ownership of anything is ownership of its use. The right to use according to will is itself ownership.

The eighth commandment presupposes the right of every man to his powers [bodily and mental abilities], and their product. Slavery robs of both.

Rev. Theodore D. Weld, 1837.

Which movement is Reverend Weld writing in support of?
A) the Revivalist Movement
B) the Abolitionist Movement
C) the Colonization Movement
D) the Women’s Suffrage Movement
7. During the Antebellum period, religion was used by many Americans to
A) justify the existence of slavery.
B) unify all churches against slavery.
C) allow slaves to become ordained ministers.
D) inspire slaves to spread Christianity in Africa.
8. Angelina and Sarah Grimke were sisters from South Carolina and are MOST notable as being 19th century
A) abolitionists.
B) businesswomen.
C) politicians.
D) suffragettes.

9. Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton organized a national meeting at Seneca Falls in 1848. The primary purpose of this convention was to organize the

A) abolition movement.
B) temperance movement.
C) women's suffrage movement.
D) Native American assistance movement.

10. A reformer in the 1800s who subscribed to the publications of William Lloyd Garrison, was impacted by the writings of Harriet Beecher Stowe, and moved by the speeches of Frederick Douglass would have most likely been a member of what reform movement?

A) the temperance movement

B) the women’s rights movement

C) the abolitionist movement

D) the Second Great Awakening


11. Which of the following statements is an example of sectionalism?

A) The South relied heavily on slaves and the plantation system, while the North relied on immigrant labor and factories.

B) the South’s decision to fire on Fort Sumter

C) Lincoln’s decision to be a Republican

D) Many African-Americans moved west to become cowboys, while others stayed in the South as farmers.

12. “My natural elasticity was crushed; my intellect languished; the disposition to read departed; the cheerful spark that lingered about my eye died out; the dark night of slavery closed in upon me, and behold a man transformed into a brute.” ~from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

The passage explains the need in the 1800s for the implementation of

  1. Abolition.

  2. Temperance.

  3. Slave codes.

  4. The gang system.

13. Horace Mann was instrumental in the movement for

  1. Abolition

  2. Voting rights for women.

  3. Public education.

  4. Child labor laws.

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