Abolishing slavery essay sample paper

Abolishing slavery essay sample paper.

Abolishing slavery essay sample paper

HIS 101 Chapter 15 Open-Book Reading Quiz

  1. Which of the following statements is NOT true about the early months of the war?

As soon as fighting actually began, the United States made clear the Civil War aimed at abolishing slavery.

  • Which of the following is NOT true about the First Battle of Bull Run?

Abraham Lincoln’s reputation was enhanced despite the defeat at Bull Run.

  • While Winfield Scott was devising the Anaconda Plan, Confederate diplomats sought assistance from Britain and France.  Britain refused, but France agreed to support the Confederate cause.


  • Which of the following is NOT true about Civil War soldiers?

It is clear that money, not duty, honor, or patriotism was by far the main motivation for soldiers volunteer.

  • First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln had a younger brother, three half-brothers, and a brother-in-law who fought for the Confederacy.  Varina Davis, according to the textbook, was pro-slavery, but also pro-Union.


  • Which of the following statements IS true?

During the Civil War, fighting spread all the way to California.

  • Rivers and railroads were extremely important during the Civil War.  Forts Henry and Donelson were important because they were on the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers.  The battle of Shiloh (on the Tennessee River) was a result of Grant’s drive towards a major railroad junction at Corinth, Mississippi.


  • Which of the following is NOT true about the early battles of the War?

The Confederacy took over control of Kentucky after the battle of Perryville. The Confederates lost control of the state, however, two years later.

  • Which of the following is NOT true about the fighting in Virginia in 1862?

The Confederates won First Bull Run, the Union forces won the Second Battle of Bull Run.

  1. Which of the following is NOT true about emancipation?

Although Lincoln was personally against slavery, he could see already in 1862 that emancipating slaves would not help the United States win the war.

  1. Which of the following is NOT true about the Battle of Antietam?

For once McClellan was aggressive, but Lincoln agreed it was best not to pursue Lee into his own state of Virginia.

  1. Which of the following is NOT true about the Emancipation Proclamation?

Lincoln believed he should have freed all slaves with the proclamation, not only slaves in the Confederacy.

  1. Which of the following is NOT true about reactions to the Emancipation Proclamation?

Many Confederates Lincoln was trying to ignite a race war.

  1. More than 180,000 African American men fought in the USCT (United States Colored Troops).


  1. Which of the following is NOT true about “war behind the lines”?

Mary Edwars Walker was a Union battlefield surgeo who was imprisoned by the Confederates for spying. She was nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor (an award authorized by Lincoln in 1861), but was denied the award on account of her being a woman.

  1. The US government enacted the first income tax in US history to help finance the war. It did not, however, raise enough money, so the government began to print currency called “greenbacks” (which happens to be the color of the US dollar today). The sale of war bonds also helped.  The Confederacy was even more successful in financing the war effort.


  1. Which of the following is NOT true about wartime politics?

The Governor of Georgia, Joseph Brown, said he joined the Confederacy to “sustain the rights of states and prevent the consolidation of Government.” However, he understood the need for a strong national government in times of war, so he supported President Jefferson Davis.

  1. Which of the following statements IS true?

Pickett’s charge was no more succesful than the Union charge at Fredericksburg. Lee began his retreat the next day, July 4 (the exact same day that Grant successfully took Vicksburg).

  1. Which of these statements about 1863 and 1864 is NOT true?

Confederate troops under Nathan Bedford Forrest murdered about 300 Union soldiers who had surrendered at Fort Pillow, in Tennessee. Most of the Union Soldiers were African American.

  • Which of the following IS true about the War in 1864?

One example of the growing brutality of the War was when Grant ordered Gen. Philip Sheridan to destroy farms in the Shenandoah Valley.

  • Which of the following is NOT true about 1864 and 1865?

While Sherman marched towards Savannah, Hood headed to Tennessee. Hood had failed to save Atlanta, but he did successfully defend Nashville.

  • Which of the following is NOT true about the end of the War?

Slaves fought to save the Confederacy.

  • Which of the following is NOT true about Lee’s surrender on April 9, 1865?

All fighting ended, the Civil War was over.

  • The Civil War shifted political power from the South to the North, boosted the northern economy’s industrial development, greatly expanded the power and scope of the federal government, and even encouraged further colonial expansion of European countries such as Great Britain.


  • The Thirteenth Amendment was ratified in December, 1865.  By abolishing slavery everywhere in the US, it removed any doubts about the constitutionality of emancipation.


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