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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. The focus in the 1840s was not the abolition of slavery, but was what?
(a) Agricultural rights.
(b) Universal health care.
(c) Curbing the spread of slavery.
(d) Women's rights.

2. In the wake of the Dred Scot decision, President Buchanan declared that slavery existed in all states under the Constitution and tried to bring what state in as a slave state?
(a) Kentucky.
(b) Louisiana.
(c) Kansas.
(d) Illinois.

3. In the 1840s, most of Lincoln's income was derived from what?
(a) His law practice.
(b) His farm.
(c) His medical practice.
(d) His architecture firm.

4. 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?
(a) The Northwest Ordinance.
(b) The Mississippi Ordinance.
(c) The Oregon Ordinance.
(d) The Western Ordinance.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. The Dred Scott ruling was the first time since what case that the Court held an Act of Congress to be unconstitutional?

3. When did the Mexican-American War begin?

4. Henry Clay represented what state in both the Senate and the House of Representatives?

5. What political party's socially liberal and progressive platform is largely considered center-left in the contemporary U.S. political spectrum?

Short Essay Questions

1. When was the Dred Scott Decision handed down from the Supreme Court? What did it declare?

2. What led to the debates between Lincoln and Douglas in Chapter 4? What was their impact?

3. What was significant about the 1856 presidential election for Lincoln's career?

4. What laws prevented equality between states of the North and South, as discussed in Chapter 1?

5. What intention does the author state in the Preface of "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery"?

6. What was the focus of Lincoln's speech in October, 1854, as described in Chapter 3?

7. Who was John C. Fremont? What relationship did Fremont have with Lincoln?

8. When did Abraham Lincoln first become involved in the abolitionist movement, as discussed in Chapter 1?

9. Where was Lincoln's income mostly derived in the 1840s? What does the author write about Lincoln's profession in Chapter 2?

10. Describe Abraham Lincoln's most controversial court case discussed in Chapter 2. What was the outcome of the trial?

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