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The Early Republic

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Trivia powered by Prof. ABE1) At the time of the American Revolution, the institution of slavery was firmly established in the American colonies. It was most important in the five southern states from Maryland to Georgia, but the total of a half million slaves were spread out through all of the colonies.  What percentage of the southern population at the end of the American Revolution was slaves?

  • 10%
  • 20%
  • 30%
  • 40%

2) There was a compromise between Southern and Northern states reached during the Philadelphia Convention of 1787 in which three-fifths of the population of slaves would be counted for enumeration purposes regarding both the distribution of taxes and the apportionment of the members of the United States House of Representatives.  What was the composites known as?

Three-Fifths Compromise
Voter-Rights Act of 1787
Wilson-Sherman Act
Washington Compromise

3) What state did James Wilson represent during the United States Constitutional Convention of 1787?

  • Delaware
  • Maine
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia

4) What state did Roger Sherman represent during the United States Constitutional Convention of 1787?

  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • South Carolina

5) The Federal ratio compromise is found in Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 3 of the United States Constitution.

  • True or False?

6) The compromise ratio was not a new concept.  It originated with a 1783 amendment proposed to the Articles of Settlement.

  • True or False?

7) A small antislavery movement had some impact in the 1780s and by the late 1780s all of the states except for Georgia had placed some restrictions on their participation in slave trafficking. Still, no serious national political movement against slavery developed, largely due to the overriding concern over achieving national unity.  Who was the group the led in this early antislavery movement?

  • Church of England
  • Mormons
  • Sothern Baptist
  • Quakers

8) It was a slave trade law passed by the United States Congress that limited American involvement in the trade of human cargo. This was the first of several acts of Congress that eventually stopped the importation of slaves to the United States.  When did the law become effective?

  • March 22, 1790
  • March 22, 1792
  • March 22, 1794
  • March 22, 1796

9) On August 5, 1797, A resident, of Providence, Rhode Island, was tried in federal court as the first American to be tried under the 1794 law.  He was convicted and was forced to forfeit his ship Hope.  Who was the resident of Providence, Rhode Island?

  • John Brown
  • Thomas Jackson
  • James Brown Stuart
  • Morgan Washington

10) In the 1787 Northwest Ordinance, Congress (still under the Articles of Confederation) barred slavery from the Mid-Western territory north of the Ohio River, but when the U.S. Congress organized the southern territories acquired through the Louisiana Purchase (1804), the ban on slavery was omitted.

  • True or False?

11) The Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves is a United States federal law that stated, in accordance with the Constitution of the United States, that no new slaves were permitted to be imported into the United States. This act effectively ended the legal transatlantic slave trade.  What is the effective date of the act?

  • January 1, 1808
  • July 4, 1808
  • January 1, 1812
  • July 4, 1814

Check Your Answers


The Early Republic (Answers)

  1. 40%
  2. Three-Fifths Compromise
  3. Pennsylvania
  4. Connecticut
  5. True
  6. False. The three-fifths ratio was not a new concept. It originated with a 1783 amendment proposed to the Articles of Confederation.
  7. Quakers
  8. March 22, 1794
  9. John Brown
  10. True
  11. January 1, 1808

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