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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Congress voted for a stronger ________ law in order to help slave owners hold onto their slaves.
(a) Freed slave.
(b) Fugitive slave.
(c) Bounty hunter.
(d) Slave punishment.

2. The delegates who gathered in state __________ that year were composed of both black and white men.
(a) Farming communities.
(b) Capitols.
(c) Board rooms.
(d) Parks.

3. Hahn argues that smaller __________ do not allow us to see how the developments of one era shaped those of the next.
(a) Time periods.
(b) Events.
(c) Books.
(d) Movements.

4. "Black ________" effectively gave a separate legal and social status to blacks during this time.
(a) Movements.
(b) Codes.
(c) Laws.
(d) Rights.

5. The majority of ______________ lived in the rural South during this particular time period of the book.
(a) African Americans.
(b) Slaveowners.
(c) Organizers.
(d) Whites.

Short Answer Questions

1. Due to the increase in slave ___________, a structure of kinship relationships and practices developed.

2. Hahn discovered there were more examples of resistance and political struggle across the South in the wake of the _____________.

3. Many of the early organizations founded by freed people were also bound together by ____________.

4. As the Union Army moved further into the South, the volume of slave fugitives ___________.

5. Those slaves who remained in the south began to take over their master's "____________" plantations.

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of account did Hahn come across, helping to inspire him to become interested in African American politics?

2. Why did the Union League spread rapidly through the plantation belt at the time?

3. During the 1850s, what calls for political inclusion were largely ignored or rejected by society?

4. What did the contraband camps provide for the African American slaves once their freedom was emerging?

5. What did the Friends of Universal Suffrage want to attain with their organization?

6. How did the freed men respond to the new extension of the right to vote?

7. What did Congress allow the federal government to do during the time of the reconstruction?

8. By the mid nineteenth century, how did the slaves of the South begin to change the slave-master relationship?

9. Who was included in the processions of freed black slaves as they marched through town?

10. What did the slaveholders and the slaves of the 1850s think about the Republican Party?

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