The Anaconda Plan: Civil War Strategy


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1. Which of the following was NOT a reason for a Southern blockade?

2. Which statement correctly analyzes the use of the Anaconda Plan in the Civil War?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo is designed to assess what you know about the details of the unexecuted Anaconda Plan. You must be familiar with the names of those associated with the plan and what locations were targeted in this plan in order to pass the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Who created the Anaconda Plan and what this person's rank was
  • The part of the Anaconda Plan that was implemented in 1861
  • Which river was targeted in the Anaconda Plan
  • President Lincoln's response to the Plan

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 details of the Anaconda Plan
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding who devised the Anaconda Plan and his/her role in the beginning of the Civil War
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what other strategies were used early in the war rather than those outlined in the Anaconda Plan

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called The Anaconda Plan: Civil War Strategy. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify who created the Anaconda Plan
  • Provide some background about this person
  • Summarize the major points of the Anaconda Plan
  • Discuss how younger generals began to lead the Union Army at the start of the Civil War
  • Show how the Anaconda Plan influenced later strategies implemented in the Civil War