Civil War Quiz: What Do You Know About the Presidential Election of 1860?
Q#1 – Why didn’t incumbent President James Buchanan run for re-election in 1860?
Q#2 – The Republican Party replaced what then defunct political party as the major opposition to the Democrats?
Q#3 – The Constitutional Union Party replaced what two political parties?
Q#4 – The Republican Party held its nominating convention in Chicago. What was the name of the temporary wood-frame assembly hall it was held in?
Q#5 – Lincoln’s nomination at the Republican Party’s convention was a surprise. Who was the favorite before the convention was held?
Q#6 – There were two Democratic National Conventions in 1860; why?
Q#7 – In what city were the two 1860 Democratic National Conventions held?
Q#8 – Abraham Lincoln was the Republican Party nominee; Stephen Douglas was the Northern Democratic Party nominee. Who were the nominees for the Southern Democratic and Constitutional Union parties?
Q#9 – Hannibal Hamlin was Lincoln’s VP running mate. What was the name of Stephen A. Douglas’s VP running mate?
Q#10 – What were some of the critical key differences between modern presidential elections and those of the mid-nineteenth century?
Q#11 – What was the main campaign platform that Stephen Douglas, the Northern Democrat’s presidential candidate, ran on?
Q#12 – What was the only state in which Stephen A. Douglas won the Electoral College vote?
Q#13 – Percentage wise, the voter turnout for the 1860 presidential election was the highest in American history up to that time; what was the percent?
Q#14 – What percentage of the popular vote did Lincoln win?
Q#15 – Abraham Lincoln, the endorsed Republican candidate for President, didn’t even appear on ten states’ ballots in 1860. What were those states?