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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. To what political party did John C. Fremont belong?
(a) The Whig Party.
(b) The Democratic Party.
(c) The Republican Party.
(d) The Free Soil Party.

2. The Somersett's case in what year emancipated a slave in England and helped launch the movement to abolish slavery?
(a) 1776.
(b) 1782.
(c) 1745.
(d) 1772.

3. What does GOP stand for?
(a) Grand Old Party.
(b) Governor of Politics.
(c) Grand Organization of Plenty.
(d) Great Old Politics.

4. What was the 19th century American belief that the United States was destined to expand across the continent?
(a) Sovereign Duty.
(b) Manifest Destiny.
(c) Congressional Duty.
(d) Colonialism.

5. The Dred Scott ruling was the first time since what case that the Court held an Act of Congress to be unconstitutional?
(a) Marbury v. Madison.
(b) Clay v. Madison.
(c) Smith v. Madison.
(d) Anderson v. Harvard.

6. When was John C. Fremont born?
(a) 1833.
(b) 1865.
(c) 1813.
(d) 1759.

7. Who was the 13th President of the United States?
(a) Millard Fillmore.
(b) Abraham Lincoln.
(c) Zachary Taylor.
(d) Henry Clay.

8. Who ran for the Free Soil Party in the 1852 presidential election?
(a) Martin Van Buren.
(b) John P. Hale.
(c) Zachary Taylor.
(d) Abraham Lincoln.

9. Who was the 12th President of the United States?
(a) Andrew Jackson.
(b) Abraham Lincoln.
(c) Henry Clay.
(d) Zachary Taylor.

10. How many members comprise the U.S. House of Representatives?
(a) 120.
(b) 522.
(c) 615.
(d) 435.

11. Pennsylvania passed An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery in what year?
(a) 1782.
(b) 1780.
(c) 1772.
(d) 1759.

12. Abraham Lincoln was a member of what political party from the early part of his career until the 1850s?
(a) The Free Soil Party.
(b) The Democratic Party.
(c) The Whig Party.
(d) The Republican Party.

13. In what year did Lincoln give a speech denouncing America's new policy regarding slavery in new western territories, as described in Chapter 3?
(a) 1818.
(b) 1865.
(c) 1854.
(d) 1759.

14. In the 1840s, Lincoln helped represent a slave owner whose slave and four children claimed to be free when the owner transported them from where into Illinois?
(a) Louisiana.
(b) Kentucky.
(c) Missouri.
(d) Kansas.

15. Who was the 14th President of the United States?
(a) Zachary Taylor.
(b) Millard Fillmore.
(c) Andrew Jackson.
(d) Franklin Pierce.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Latin for a statement "said in passing"?

2. Dred Scott was born a slave in what state?

3. What was a short-lived political party in the United States active in the 1848 and 1852 presidential elections?

4. In the late 1850s, Lincoln argued that what would be much more profitable if brought to the South because the workers would much better motivated to work if they were promised wages at the end of the day?

5. Who was the eighth President of the United States?

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