GED Social Studies : Union and Confederacy

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GED Social Studies

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Union And Confederacy

The American Civil War took place during the __________

Possible Answers:

1890s.

1880s.

1860s.

1820s.

1850s.

Correct answer:

1860s.

Explanation:

The American Civil War took place from 1861 to 1865. The war broke out between the North and the South over a series of issues. Popular history tends to remember the issue of slavery as being the most important, but the primary reason why the South seceded from the Union was that they no longer felt they could be adequately represented in government. The population of the North at the time was almost three times as large as the South, and the economic and industrial interests of the country were all rooted in the North.

Example Question #2 : Union And Confederacy

The American Civil War ended in __________.

Possible Answers:

1861

1863

1851

1850

1865

Correct answer:

1865

Explanation:

The American Civil War was fought from 1861 until 1865, between the Union (North) and the Confederacy (South). The primary reason for the outbreak of conflict was that the South no longer felt that it had any say in the running of the national government; they felt marginalized and that their economic interests (particularly the institution of slavery) were under threat. The war ended with a Union victory and the maintenance of the United States of America as one whole country. 

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