Lincoln's First Inaugural Address: Summary & Analysis


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Who does President Lincoln quote near the beginning of his speech to show that he will not try to stop slavery in the South?

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1. What important law that returned escaped slaves from the North back to the South did Lincoln say that he would try to uphold?

2. What does President Lincoln tell the South that they CANNOT do without agreement from all the other states?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of the first inaugural address of Lincoln's presidency. In order to pass the quiz, you will need to know about statements Lincoln made in the speech and the political reasons for making many of them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll need to recall:

  • The law Lincoln said he would uphold in his address
  • Why Lincoln was worried about the South seceding from the U.S.
  • Whom Lincoln quoted in his speech
  • Lincoln's instructions to the South
  • The conflict Lincoln was attempting to avoid through his inaugural address

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Lincoln's first inaugural address
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding U.S. politics during the 1860s and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Abraham Lincoln and his politics

Additional Learning

To learn more about Abraham Lincoln and his inaugural speech, review the accompanying lesson on Lincoln's First Inaugural Address. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the political state of the U.S. at Lincoln's presidential inauguration
  • Identify major points made by Lincoln in his inaugural address
  • Analyze Lincoln's motivation for the speech and the strategies he used to reassure southern states
  • Learn how Lincoln used the speech to address concerns between slave and free states