Secession of the Southern States: Causes & Timeline


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What was the fundamental difference between the North and the South during the mid-1800s?

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1. Why did the election of Abraham Lincoln prompt the South to choose between remaining in the Union or seceding?

2. Which state seceded first?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You will have the opportunity to use this quiz/worksheet combo to assess what you know about events that led to the secession of southern states from the Union, thus beginning the Civil War. You will need to know which states seceded and which states were known as Border States in order to pass the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The ability to recognize a true statement about culture in the North and South
  • The ability to identify the event that led to the South choosing to secede
  • Which state seceded from the Union first
  • The state that seceded following the events at Fort Sumter
  • Which states were considered Border States

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 events that led to the secession of the southern states
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the cultures of the North and South during the 1800s
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding which states became known as Border States

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Secession of the Southern States: Causes & Timeline. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Compare the cultures of the North and South leading up to 1860
  • Note the event that led to the secession of South Carolina from the Union
  • List which states seceded following the decision by South Carolina
  • Explain what happened at Fort Sumter and which states then seceded following this event
  • Discuss which states became Border States
  • Describe life within these Border States during the war