Union Ironclad Ships During the Civil War


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What was the first job President Lincoln gave to the Union Navy?

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1. What prompted the Union to build ironclad warships?

2. What was special about the USS Monitor that distinguished it from the Confederate ironclads?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz will test you on the design terms and concepts of the Union ironclad ships in the Civil War. See how strong your base of knowledge is on this topic and decide for yourself if you need to take steps to improve in this area.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz has questions asking about such things as:

  • Lincoln's first assignment to the Union navy
  • The main factor prompting the Union to build a new type of warship
  • What distinguished the USS Monitor from similar ships built by the South
  • What ironclad design was favored by the Union navy
  • Who won in the clash between the two ironclads

Skills Practiced

The student can use this quiz and worksheet to test skills, such as:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can review information regarding features of the first ironclads and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding who won the first battle of ironclads
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify ironclad design types

Additional Learning

If you are interested in finding out more on this topic, you do read the lesson titled Union Ironclad Ships During the Civil War. Learn about:

  • Gideon Welles
  • How the refitting of civilian vessels improved the Union's navy
  • The Battle of Hampton Roads