Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Abraham Lincoln (died 1865) successfully led the United States through its greatest internal crisis, the American Civil War, saving the Union and ending slavery.

As an outspoken opponent of the expansion of slavery in the United States, Lincoln introduced measures that resulted in the abolition of slavery, issuing his Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and promoting the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution.

Lincoln closely supervised the victorious war effort, especially the selection of top generals, including Ulysses S. Grant. Historians have concluded that he handled the factions of the Republican Party well, bringing leaders of each faction into his cabinet and forcing them to cooperate. Lincoln successfully defused a war scare with the United Kingdom in 1861. Under his leadership, the Union took control of the border slave states at the start of the war.

Opponents of the war criticized Lincoln for refusing to compromise on the slavery issue. Conversely, the Radical Republicans, an abolitionist faction of the Republican Party, criticized him for moving too slowly in abolishing slavery. Even with these criticisms, Lincoln successfully rallied public opinion through his speeches. His Gettysburg Address is but one example of this. At the close of the war, Lincoln sought speedily to reunite the nation through a policy of generous reconciliation. His assassination in 1865 was possibly the greatest tragedy in United States history, losing, as it did, his leadership in keeping promises to the liberated slaves.

1. The Thirteenth Amendment
A. abolishes slavery.
B. changes the voting age.
C. prohibits the production of alcoholic beverages.
D. gives women the right to vote.
2. The Latin origin of emancipation meant
A. give rights to men.
B. change expectations.
C. give rights to slaves.
D. do away with ownership.
3. Lincoln defused a scare of war with
A. France.
B. Great Britain.
C. Mexico.
D. Germany.
4. Lincoln's attitude to the South was one of
A. revenge.
B. ill will.
C. generosity.
D. greed.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

Answer Key: 1-A..........2-D..........3-B..........4-C
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