The Pottawatomie Massacre


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What series of events in Kansas triggered the internal civil war known as 'Bleeding Kansas'?

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1. What term was used to describe the Kansas residents who opposed and often waged guerrilla war against the pro-slavery faction?

2. How many different homes were raided in the Pottawatomie attack?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In May 1856, the abolition movement was in full swing, and tensions boiled over as five pro-slavery sympathizers were murdered in the town of Pottawatomie Creek, Kansas. These quiz questions will ask you about this event, which came to be known as the Pottawatomie Massacre, and the political and social factors that inspired it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will check your understanding of:

  • Legislative acts preceding the events
  • The pro-slavery raiders from Missouri
  • Abolitionists in Kansas
  • 'Bleeding Kansas'

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - identify and define significant terms and names that were used during this time
  • Knowledge application - use facts from lesson to answer questions about the massacre
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the pro- and anti-slavery groups in Kansas

Additional Learning

If you're looking for further information on this violent moment in American history, check out the accompanying lesson titled The Pottawatomie Massacre. This lesson includes the following objectives:

  • Elaborate upon previous legislative acts that created the tensions seen in Kansas
  • Explore the role of John Brown
  • Discuss the caning of Charles Sumner and the impact it had on the situation