The American Civil War: Causes & Impacts


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Which of the following is NOT a political factor leading to the Civil War?

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1. Why is the attack on Charles Sumner a significant event in the buildup to the Civil War?

2. _____ was the first state to secede.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Apply your knowledge of the events leading up to the Civil War to answer the following quiz questions. Display your understanding of the goals of the raid at Harper's Ferry as well as the Civil War's effects on the South.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use the following quiz to check your understanding of:

  • Why Missouri statehood was considered a contentious issue
  • The objective of John Brown's raid
  • What the Kansas-Nebraska act did
  • The ultimate impact of the Civil War on the South

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use your understanding of major events, such as the Kansas-Nebraska act and attack on Charles Sumner, to show how they affected the movement to war
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the importance of the Missouri Compromise and John Brown's raid
  • Information recall - recall the key events and people that led to war, including the war's impact on the South

Additional Learning

For a more detailed look at the events leading to the American Civil War, check out the lesson titled, The American Civil War: Causes & Impacts. In this lesson, other topics can be reviewed, including:

  • How Manifest Destiny affected the balance of power
  • Where the Mason-Dixon line was located and what it represented
  • What the Compromise of 1850 did
  • How Dred Scott v. Sanford fueled the push to war