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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what state was James K. Polk born?
(a) South Carolina.
(b) North Carolina.
(c) Louisiana.
(d) Kentucky.

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

3. In what year did Abraham Lincoln assume the Presidency of the United States?
(a) 1848.
(b) 1869.
(c) 1856.
(d) 1861.

4. To what state did Abraham Lincoln's family move when he was seven years old?
(a) Indiana.
(b) Pennsylvania.
(c) Kentucky.
(d) Illinois.

5. When was "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery" selected as the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, Lincoln Prize and the Bancroft Prize?
(a) 2011.
(b) 2009.
(c) 2008.
(d) 1998.

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

7. As they campaigned for the Senate in 1858, Lincoln and his supporters decided to invite who to debate the issues?
(a) Millard Fillmore.
(b) Stephen A. Douglas.
(c) Henry Clay.
(d) Zachary Taylor.

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

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

10. The Opinion of the Court in Dred Scott v. Sandford was written by what U.S. Chief Justice?
(a) Zachary Taylor.
(b) Roger B. Taney.
(c) Henry Clay.
(d) Millard Fillmore.

11. What is the framework for the organization of the United States government and for the relationship of the federal government with the states, citizens, and all people within the United States?
(a) The Ten Commandments.
(b) The Constitution.
(c) The Ten Amendments.
(d) The Bill of Rights.

12. What is the bicameral legislature of the federal government of the United States, consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives?
(a) Parliament.
(b) Judiciary Committee.
(c) Congress.
(d) The Presidential Cabinet.

13. Where was James Buchanan born?
(a) Pennsylvania.
(b) New York.
(c) Illinois.
(d) Kentucky.

14. To what political party did James K. Polk belong?
(a) The Whig Party.
(b) The Republican Party.
(c) The Democratic Party.
(d) The Free Soil Party.

15. Eric Foner won the Bancroft Prize in 1989 for what book?
(a) America's Black Past: A Reader in Afro-American History.
(b) A House Divided: America in the Age of Lincoln.
(c) Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877.
(d) The Story of American Freedom.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the 19th century American belief that the United States was destined to expand across the continent?

2. What refers to a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position so as to benefit oneself or one's group?

3. What refers to the quality of having supreme, independent authority over a geographic area, such as a territory?

4. What was the name of Abraham Lincoln's wife?

5. Where did Lincoln make a speech in Springfield that included a discussion on the violence that surrounded the abolitionist movement in Chapter 1?

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