The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from July 4, 1805 until June 4, 1812?

2. For what state was John C. Fremont a U.S. Senator?

3. What is the bicameral legislature of the federal government of the United States, consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives?

4. Who was the 12th President of the United States?

5. Eric Foner has been a member of the faculty of the Department of History at what university since 1982?

Short Essay Questions

1. What issues within the abolitionist movement led to new debates at the end of Chapter 4?

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

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

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

5. What contact with slavery did Lincoln have in his youth, as discussed in Chapter 1?

6. When and why did the Republican Party emerge in the 1850s? How did Lincoln fit in with the Republicans?

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

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

9. Who was Stephen A. Douglas? How did Douglas' views on slavery differ from Lincoln's?

10. What was Lincoln's main aim in criticizing President Polk, as discussed in Chapter 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the political and social ideals of Secretary of State William H. Seward and President Abraham Lincoln. On what issues did the men disagree and why?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the First and Second Confiscation Acts. How did each of these acts further the Union's cause?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the different abolitionist movements of the early 1800s. How did these movements differ in their philosophies of dealing with the emancipated slaves?

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