Britain and France Respond to the American Civil War


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Why did the Union form a blockade at Southern ports starting in 1861?

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1. In what way did John Slidell succeed as a diplomat and in what way did he fail?

2. Which statement analyzes the British and French feelings about taking a side during the Civil War?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Both France and Great Britain were involved in the American Civil War. Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you understand international allegiances and perspectives. You'll need to answer questions on how relationships between these countries affected the outcome of the war.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment will test your understanding of:

  • International stakes in the American Civil War
  • Complexity of each country's involvement
  • Official positions taken by these two countries during the war
  • The Trent Affair
  • Why the South wanted assistance from Europe

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related American Civil War lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as Union and Confederacy
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Europe's involvement in the American Civil War
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Trent Affair

Additional Learning

Continue your Civil War studies by reviewing the accompanying lesson. This lesson, titled Britain and France Respond to the American Civil War, focuses on the following topics:

  • Key historical figures during this period
  • France's involvement in the war
  • Tensions between the Union and Great Britain
  • Emancipation and European allegiance