Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address: Themes & Purpose


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Lincoln's second inaugural address _____.

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1. Which of the following questions did Lincoln answer in his second inaugural address?

2. According to Lincoln in his second inaugural address, what was the Civil War really about?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You're probably familiar with or at least aware of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. What is lesser known, but perhaps equally important, is Lincoln's second inaugural address. This quiz and worksheet aim to cement your grasp of the thrust of this second speech.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on your understanding of the following:

  • Lincoln's opinion of what should happen after the Civil War
  • A distinguishing characteristic of the speech
  • According to the speech, Lincoln's thoughts about when the Civil War would finally end
  • Questions dealt with in the address
  • What Lincoln claimed the Civil War was about

Skills Practiced

The quiz and worksheet let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Lincoln's second inaugural address
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about this speech in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the points covered in the speech and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Lincoln's thoughts on the nature of the Civil War

Additional Learning

To learn more about the details surrounding and significance of the speech, review the accompanying lesson entitled Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address: Themes & Purpose. The lesson deals with the following objectives:

  • Comment on possible causes of Lincoln's uncertainty prior to his second inauguration
  • Discuss Lincoln's opinion of why the North was not entirely innocent in regard to the main cause of the Civil War
  • Indicate who Lincoln said would ultimately determine when the war would end and why
  • Investigate Lincoln's plan for Reconstruction
  • Discover why Lincoln's speech was not particularly well received at first
  • Talk about what changed the tenor of public opinion regarding the speech