This month’s blog will appeal to students of history and is presented below in question format. Yes, that’s right. I know I didn’t announce it…I’m giving you a pop quiz! If you read my books, I think you’ll know most of the answers, and if you haven’t yet had the chance, this will give you an idea of some of the embedded history in my Slavery and Beyond series. Don’t worry…all multiple choice, and I promise—absolutely no math! Have fun, but don’t cheat; the answers are listed at the bottom of the blog. Good luck!
Slavery and Beyond Series
Question #1- What groups were at odds during the 1863 Draft Riots in New York?
a. Irish vs. Germans & Italians
b. Blacks vs. Italians & Wealthy
c. Blacks vs. Germans & Italians
d. Irish vs. Blacks & Wealthy
Question #2- Which political party in the 1860s United States was most associated with the freeing of the slaves?
a. The Democratic Party
b. The Republican Party
c. The Whig Party
d. The Independent Party
Question #3- How did the Battle of Gettsyburg factor into the Draft Riots?
a. Soldiers who would have controlled the riots had been moved from NY to Gettysburg
b. The soldiers returning from Gettysburg contributed to the escalation of violence in the streets
c. Celebrations of the victory in Gettysburg fueled some of the violence in New York
d. It didn’t factor in at all
Question #4- What did the Dead Rabbits and The Velvet Caps have in common?
a. They were both popular musical groups in mid to late 1800s NY
b. They were both Irish gangs in New York State
c. They were both baseball teams in the local NY league
d. None of the above
Question #5- Were Black men able to vote in New York during the Civil War?
b. Yes, they had the same voting rights as White men
c. Yes, but they had to own land worth at least $250
d. Yes, but they had to have been born free and worked as an apprentice for a period of ten years
Question #6- Why did New York consider breaking away from the Union in the early 1860s?
a. The city wanted to become part of the Confederacy
b. The city wanted to protect the institution of slavery
c. The city was afraid it would lose its role in funding and exporting the South’s cotton crop
d. None of the above. The city never considered leaving the Union
Question #7- How was The Black Fever (typhus) transmitted from person to person?
a. Through the air
b. Through drinking water
c. It was sexually transmitted
d. Through infected body lice
A little background for the last three questions—St. Domingue was the name of the French colony that became Haiti after the slave revolution.
Question #8- By what margin did the slave population outnumber the free population in St Domingue during the 1790s?
a. 2 to 1
b. 3 to 1
c. 5 to 1
d. 10 to 1
Question #9- What declaration caused such hope for a freer society in St. Domingue in the late 1700s?
a. The Declaration of Independence (US- 1776)
b. The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (France- 1793)
c. The Declaration of Pillnitz (France- 1791)
d. None of the above
Question #10- How long was the typical lifespan of a slave once they began their life of hard labor as an adult in St. Domingue?
a. Thirty years
b. Twenty years
c. Ten years
d. Five years
So, how did you do? Check your answers against the key that appears below. I hope you enjoyed the exam!
Answers: 1 (d), 2 (b), 3 (a), 4 (b), 5 (c), 6 (c), 7 (d), 8 (d), 9 (b), 10 (d)