Fugitive Slave Act of 1850: Definition & Summary


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The Fugitive Slave Act was an inclusion in what larger piece of legislation?

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1. For what reason was the Fugitive Slave Act adopted?

2. Which of the following were aspects of the Fugitive Slave Act?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Why was the Fugitive Slave Act formed and what resulted from the passage of this legislation? These are among the topics you will need to be familiar with in order to successfully answer the questions presented in this quiz and worksheet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • Legislation that included the Fugitive Slave Act
  • Adoption and key aspects of the Fugitive Slave Act
  • Abolitionist and northerner reaction to the act
  • Treatment of runaway slaves under this act during the Civil War

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding the enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act and reactions to the law
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding ways in which the Fugitive Slave Act was opposed
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the existence of the act during the Civil War

Additional Learning

To learn more about this legislation, review the accompanying lesson called Fugitive Slave Act of 1850: Definition & Summary. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Provide an overview of what led to the creation of the Fugitive Slave Act
  • Detail aspects of the law and how it was enforced
  • Relate how runaway slaves were assisted by those who opposed the law
  • Inform the reader how the Fugitive Slave Act remained in effect during the Civil War