The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858: Summary & Significance


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In the 1850s, what was Lincoln's position regarding the end of slavery?

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1. What position did Lincoln take in his 'House Divided' speech?

2. What was significant about the Lincoln-Douglas debates?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of the national issues surrounding the debates held between Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. Some topics you will need to know in order to pass the quiz include the impact of the Dred Scott decision, popular sovereignty, and different positions held by Lincoln.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be asked to recall:

  • How the Dred Scott case challenged popular sovereignty
  • Lincoln's position regarding the end of slavery
  • Purpose behind the Lincoln-Douglas debates
  • Lincoln's 'House Divided' Speech

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about Lincoln's political platforms from the related Lincoln-Douglas Debates lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the points raised in Lincoln's 'House Divided' speech
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately describe the doctrine of popular sovereignty

Additional Learning

To learn more details about these debates, check out the corresponding lesson called The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858: Summary & Significance. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explain the political state of the U.S. during the mid-1850s and the rise of Senator Douglas
  • Describe the campaigning events that led to the Lincoln-Douglas debates
  • Explain the major points and platforms addressed in the seven debates held between Lincoln and Douglas
  • Recognize the political significance of the Lincoln-Douglas debates