Civil War Begins: Northern and Southern Advantages Compared


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Who was the President of the Confederate States of America in 1861?

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1. Why did the Civil War last so much longer than initially expected?

2. Why did the South fire the first shots that started the Civil War?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of the Civil War as well as the respective advantages held by the North and the South during the conflict. Some of the things you'll need to know to pass the quiz include why the Civil War lasted so long and who led the Confederate troops.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz questions will ask you about the following:

  • Possibilities that could have changed the outcome of the Civil War
  • Why the war lasted as long as it did
  • Military leader of the Confederacy
  • Southern advantages during the war
  • Northern advantages during the war

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the outcome of the Civil War in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding why the war lasted as long as it did
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify Confederate and Union geographic and military advantages during the war

Additional Learning

To learn more Civil War history, review the corresponding lesson titled Civil War Begins: Northern and Southern Advantages Compared. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about the outbreak of the Civil War
  • Review the Northern advantages
  • Discuss the Southern advantages
  • Explore the role of Robert E. Lee in the conflict
  • Discuss what might have happened if the war had a different outcome