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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the first American political party, from the early 1790s to 1816?
(a) The Republican Party.
(b) The Free Soil Party.
(c) The Whig Party.
(d) The Federalist Party.

2. Illinois had prohibited slavery in its constitution in what year when it was admitted as a state?
(a) 1819.
(b) 1848.
(c) 1836.
(d) 1832.

3. 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) 1854.
(b) 1865.
(c) 1759.
(d) 1818.

4. What was the name of Abraham Lincoln's wife?
(a) Mary Elizabeth Lincoln.
(b) Mary Todd Lincoln.
(c) Elizabeth Lee Lincoln.
(d) Sarah Todd Lincoln.

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

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

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

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

9. When was the author Eric Foner born?
(a) 1935.
(b) 1940.
(c) 1943.
(d) 1951.

10. How old was Abraham Lincoln when his family moved to Illinois?
(a) 21.
(b) 18.
(c) 16.
(d) 23.

11. In what year did Lincoln deliver a speech against the current president, criticizing his policy regarding Mexico and the struggle that was taking place between the United States and Mexico?
(a) 1833.
(b) 1759.
(c) 1848.
(d) 1795.

12. When was the Missouri Compromise enacted?
(a) 1865.
(b) 1820.
(c) 1833.
(d) 1759.

13. Britain abolished slavery throughout the British Empire with the Slavery Abolition Act in what year?
(a) 1759.
(b) 1833.
(c) 1782.
(d) 1807.

14. When was James K. Polk elected President of the United States?
(a) 1845.
(b) 1759.
(c) 1833.
(d) 1795.

15. 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) 1998.
(b) 2009.
(c) 2011.
(d) 2008.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did the Louisiana Purchase take place?

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

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

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

5. What was an act of the Congress of the Confederation of the United States with the primary effect being the creation of the Northwest Territory as the first organized territory of the United States?

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