U.S. History Chapter 11

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The focus on cotton and other cash crops has obscured the degree to which:

the antebellum South fed itself from its own fields

During the nineteenth century, major slave rebellions:

were rare

Which of the following was NOT part of the myth of the Old South’s superiority?

One southerner could defeat ten northerners in combat.

Most southern men prided themselves on adhering to a moral code based on:

a prickly sense of honor

Slaves forced to migrate to the Old Southwest were particularly despondent over:

the breakup of family ties that resulted from the migration

Why was organized resistance to slavery by slaves risky?

Southern whites possessed overwhelming authority and firepower.

The movie Gone with the Wind:

presents a mythic view of the Old South

As southerners moved farther west and south between 1812 and 1860:

cotton production soared

In the antebellum period, which of the following was in the Old Southwest?


The frequency of dueling in the South was probably caused by:

southerners’ exalted sense of honor

Slave religion:

mixed African and Christian elements

The South’s population:

had a high proportion of native-born, both black and white

Plantation mistresses:

supervised the domestic household

Why were slave women valued by slave owners?

Their ability to reproduce increased the number of slaves owned.

Which of the following was NOT a major motivation for whipping a slave?

for failing to recognize the moral superiority of the overseer and driver

To be called a "planter," one had to:

own at least twenty slaves

The legal prohibition that denied slaves the right to marry:

did not stop slaves from choosing partners and forging a family life

On a plantation, the position responsible for managing the agricultural production in every way was the:


Slaves living in southern cities had a much different experience from those on farms because:

they were able to interact with an extended interracial community

The plantation mistress:

generally confronted a double standard in terms of moral and sexual behavior

Life in the Old Southwest was characterized by:

a lack of women

Poor whites were often employed as:

day laborers

By 1860, the significance of Britain to the southern economy was based on the fact that:

Britain was a major importer of southern cotton

The most numerous white southerners were the:

yeoman farmers

By the 1830s, most Baptists and Methodists in the South:

defended slavery

Some free blacks were:

people of mixed ancestry called mulattoes

By 1860, slavery was most concentrated:

in the Lower South

A typical form of resistance pursued by slaves entailed:

malingering, feigning illness, and sabotage

All of the following statements about southern free blacks are true EXCEPT:

there were no women were among them

The rules that governed virtually every aspect of slave life were known as:

a slave code

When in 1855 a slave named Celia killed her sexually abusive master, she was:


What portion of the South’s white population had no proprietary interest in slaves?

two thirds

Which of the following was not a part of the "masculine" culture of the Old Southwest’s frontier?

gender equality

The slave revolt led by Nat Turner:

killed more than 50 whites before its suppression

Middling farmers in the South:

generally supported white supremacy

Free blacks in the South:

sometimes owned slaves

Slave owners in the antebellum South acquired additional slaves from:

the domestic slave trade

What was NOT a common way that slaves established their private communities?

openly attempted to organize religious services

The Old Southwest:

attracted thousands of settlers in the 1820s and 1830s with its low land prices and suitability for cotton production

By the antebellum period, all of the following remained significant cash crops in the South EXCEPT:


Approximately how many slaves joined Christian denominations by 1860?

20 percent

Which of the following statements was generally true of slave life?

Field hands were organized into work gangs.

The development of southern industry:

lagged behind the North

During the first half of the nineteenth century, cotton became the most profitable form of agriculture, surpassing:


How would southern whites attempt to prevent slave rebellions?

They met any sign of resistance or rebellion with a brutal response.

The rapid expansion of the cotton belt in the South:

ensured that the region became more dependent on enslaved black workers

Most slaves in the Lower South:

labored on large plantations

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