KS3 History Quiz - Racial Unrest and Civil Rights in the USA 01 (Questions)

Challenge yourself in this KS3 History quiz on racial unrest and civil rights in the USA. In America, early in the seventeenth century, the first slaves were traded. These people, kidnapped from their families in Africa, were sold for profit to wealthy settlers in the 'New World'. They were much cheaper than servants and a very profitable 'cargo' for the slave traders.

Slavery was more widespread in the southern states of America because there were large tobacco plantations and later, cotton plantations. These were very labour intensive (needed a lot of workers) and slaves were the cheapest option.

Many people in the northern states did not agree with slavery and, in 1861, some of the southern states joined together and formed the Confederate States of America.

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They split from the United states. One of the key issues was slavery. This split lead to the American Civil war. The northern states won and slavery was abolished. Even when slavery ended, black Americans had fewer rights than most white Americans, so they weren't much better off. White politicians made it hard for slaves to leave the plantations. Blacks and whites were segregated, in other words, there were areas where ex-slaves were not allowed.

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1. Which laws made it hard for black people to leave the plantations?
[ ] Owners' Rights
[ ] The Black Codes
[ ] The Cotton Laws
[ ] The Negro Rules
2. What did the Government create to help former slaves?
[ ] African Embassy
[ ] Citizen's Council
[ ] Freedmen's Bureau
[ ] Plantation Workers' Hostel
3. What did the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution do for black people?
[ ] Allowed them to attend university
[ ] Gave them the vote
[ ] Let them marry a white person
[ ] Let them stand for President
4. Some ex-slaves rented farmland and were called what?
[ ] Crop tenants
[ ] Freegrowers
[ ] Sharecroppers
[ ] Splitcroppers
5. What word means blacks and whites being kept apart?
[ ] Diversification
[ ] Partition
[ ] Propagation
[ ] Segregation
6. Which 19th century laws encouraged segregation?
[ ] Dan Hawk Laws
[ ] Jim Crow Laws
[ ] Sam Raven Laws
[ ] Tom Finch Laws
7. The NAACP was formed in 1909 - what did the 'C' mean?
[ ] Citizens
[ ] Civil
[ ] Coloured
[ ] Committee
8. The NAACP campaigned for what?
[ ] Civil defence
[ ] Civil disobedience
[ ] Civil rights
[ ] Civil servants
9. 1919 saw a week of race riots in which city?
[ ] Chicago
[ ] New York
[ ] Philadelphia
[ ] San Francisco
10. Which former slave founded a college in Alabama?
[ ] Booker T. Washington
[ ] Charles Sumner
[ ] Stokely Carmichael
[ ] W. E. B. Du Bois
KS3 History Quiz - Racial Unrest and Civil Rights in the USA 01 (Answers)
1. Which laws made it hard for black people to leave the plantations?
[ ] Owners' Rights
[x] The Black Codes
[ ] The Cotton Laws
[ ] The Negro Rules
Introduced by white southern politicians
2. What did the Government create to help former slaves?
[ ] African Embassy
[ ] Citizen's Council
[x] Freedmen's Bureau
[ ] Plantation Workers' Hostel
Amongst other things it set up schools for black children
3. What did the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution do for black people?
[ ] Allowed them to attend university
[x] Gave them the vote
[ ] Let them marry a white person
[ ] Let them stand for President
The Amendment was added in 1870
4. Some ex-slaves rented farmland and were called what?
[ ] Crop tenants
[ ] Freegrowers
[x] Sharecroppers
[ ] Splitcroppers
They gave part of their produce as rent
5. What word means blacks and whites being kept apart?
[ ] Diversification
[ ] Partition
[ ] Propagation
[x] Segregation
Everyone was supposed to receive the same services but with separate facilities for whites and blacks
6. Which 19th century laws encouraged segregation?
[ ] Dan Hawk Laws
[x] Jim Crow Laws
[ ] Sam Raven Laws
[ ] Tom Finch Laws
Jim Crow was a popular stage character created by a well-known performer of the first half of the nineteenth century. After the death of the performer, instead of being a likeable and positive character, the name was used more in a negative way
7. The NAACP was formed in 1909 - what did the 'C' mean?
[ ] Citizens
[ ] Civil
[x] Coloured
[ ] Committee
National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People
8. The NAACP campaigned for what?
[ ] Civil defence
[ ] Civil disobedience
[x] Civil rights
[ ] Civil servants
All they wanted was that the people who had been slaves or were descended from the African slaves would have the same rights as any citizen of the United States
9. 1919 saw a week of race riots in which city?
[x] Chicago
[ ] New York
[ ] Philadelphia
[ ] San Francisco
About 40 people were killed
10. Which former slave founded a college in Alabama?
[x] Booker T. Washington
[ ] Charles Sumner
[ ] Stokely Carmichael
[ ] W. E. B. Du Bois
He wanted blacks to have better job prospects and realised that having a better education would be a big benefit