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Missouri Compromise

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Try this Alan's US Civil War History Made Easy Quiz
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Trivia powered by Prof. ABE1) The Missouri Compromise was an agreement passed in 1820 between the pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions in the United States Congress, involving primarily the regulation of slavery in the western territories. What year did it pass?

  • 1818
  • 1820
  • 1822
  • 1824

2) Missouri Compromise prohibited slavery in the former Louisiana Territory north of the parallel 3630' north except within the boundaries of the proposed state of Missouri.

  • True or False?

3) During the following session (1819-1820), the House passed a similar bill with an amendment, introduced on January 26, 1820 by Congressmen John W. Taylor, allowing Missouri into the union as a slave state.  John W. Taylor represented what state?

  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • New York
  • Mississippi

4) When did Missouri become the 24th state?

  • August 10, 1820
  • August 10, 1821
  • August 10, 1822
  • August 10, 1823

5) What state became the 23rd state on March 15, 1820?


6) Both houses agreed to the Compromise of 1820, and the measures were passed on March 5, 1820, and ratified by the president on March 6, 1820.  Who was the president that signed the bill into law?

  • President Andrew Jackson
  • President James Madison
  • President James Monroe
  • President John Quincy Adams

7) The Congressional struggle was revived over a clause in its new constitution (1820) requiring the exclusion of "free negroes and mulattoes" from the state.

  • True or False?

8) Through the influence of Henry Clay, an act of admission was finally passed, upon the condition that the exclusionary clause of the Missouri constitution should "never be construed to authorize the passage of any law" impairing the privileges and immunities of any U.S. citizen. What state was Clay a Congressman from?

  • Delaware
  • Kentucky
  • Ohio
  • Virginia

9) The provisions of the Missouri Compromise forbidding slavery in the former Louisiana Territory north of the parallel 3630' north were effectively repealed by the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, despite efforts made to fight the Act by prominent speakers, including Abraham Lincoln in his "Peoria Speech."

  • True or False?

10) In 1857, the Supreme Court ruled that Congress did not have authority to prohibit slavery in territories, and that those provisions of the Missouri Compromise were unconstitutional. It found that, under the admission act of Missouri, blacks and mulattos did not qualify as citizens of the United States. What was the Supreme Court Case?

  • Dred Scott v. Sandford
  • Irving v. Allen
  • Malcom v. Congress
  • Jefferson v. Hamilton

Check Your Answers


Missouri Compromise (Answers)

  1. 1820
  2. True
  3. New York
  4. August 10, 1821
  5. Maine
  6. President James Monroe
  7. True
  8. Kentucky
  9. True
  10. Dred Scott v. Sandford

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