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The following is a great NPS WebRangers Digital interactive for middle school and high school students. Teachers can create a worksheet for students to complete. Simply delete the correct answer and replace with a space.
School Jokes: Civil War Jokes for School
U.S. History Digital Learning Computer Interactives


NPS Difficulty Level: MEDIUM


Slide #1 “Abraham Lincoln was one of our nation’s most revered presidents. Discover his early days and path to the White House.”

As you answer each question, you’ll move along the timeline, discover events in his life, and mark his path to the White House.


Don’t worry if you do not know all the answers – wrong answers can give you clues to upcoming questions.

Help Lincoln get to the White House: Help Lincoln get to the White House:


1. What image is shown as the directions are presented? The Lincoln Memorial


2. What information is shown on the bottom of the interactive? A timeline


3. 1809: In what frontier state was Abraham Lincoln born (Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania)?


4. He was born in a log cabin on February 12, 1809,month, date, year) 3 miles south of  Hodgenville (town).

5. 1816: To which neighboring state did he move when he was 7 years old? (Ohio, Indiana, Illinois)


6. 1816: What type of work did the family do? farming


7. In his spare time Lincoln could often be found doing what? (Flirting with Girls, Hunting, Reading)


8. The only book in the Lincoln home was the family ________________. So Lincoln would  acquire most of his books by _____________________________________________.


9. 1831: When Abe was 22 he set out on his own. Where did he choose to go? (New Salem, South Bend, Frankfurt)


10. 1831: What were some of the professions he tried? Storekeeper, surveyor, militia captain, postmaster.


11. Click on View. What is this primary source? _________________________


12. When Abe lived in New Salem, he was hired to take a shipment of goods to New Orleans on what major river? (Missouri River, Mississippi River, Ohio River)


13. On what kind of boat did he float? Flatboat


14. The goods were transported to New Orleans, Louisiana a major seaport.


15. At age 25, to which position was he elected? An Illinois representative.


16. What was the state capitol at the time? (Chicago, Springfield, Vandalia)


17. While in the Illinois House of Representatives, Lincoln began studying a subject that would have a great impact on his future. What was it? (Law, Religion, Medicine)


18. When was Lincoln considered at his best in his profession? When he argued a case he truly believed in.


19. 1839: Lincoln was successful in getting the capitol of Illinois moved. Where did the capitol and Lincoln move in 1839. (Chicago, Springfield, Kaskaskia)


20. How long did Lincoln live in the new captiol? 24 years


21. 1846: In 1846, Lincoln won a 2-year term for which government office. (Illinois Senate, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives)


22. 1848: After leaving the U.S. House of Representatives, where did he live? (Springfield, New Salem, Washington D.C.)


23. After leaving the U.S. House of Representatives, Lincoln was offered governorship of which western territory. (Texas, Oregon, Minnesota)


24. Why did Lincoln decline the position? Lincoln turned down the offer because he believed the locals would not accept him as governor after the territory became a state.


25. What did Lincoln do after he returned to Springfield? (He became a newspaper editor, He returned to practicing law, He became a railroad executive)


26. In 1858 Lincoln has his famous debates with Stephen A. Douglas. How did these benefit Lincoln? (He made Douglas look silly and petty. He won a seat in the U.S. Senate. He gained a national reputation as a political leader.)


27. The Lincoln/Douglas debates remain the most noteworthy in U.S. History and earned Lincoln notice across the nation.


28. The poster advertises a Lincoln Douglas Debate on August 27th 1858.


29. In 1860 Lincoln gave a powerful speech opposing slavery that later led to him being nominated for President. In which Northern city did he deliver that speech? (St. Louis, New York City, Baltimore)


30. Lincoln was elected president in 1860. Which region heavily opposed him? (the South, the North, the West)


31. List 2 reasons for the region’s opposition to Lincoln as president.

Lincoln’s opposition to slavery threatened the Southern Economy and way of life so he wasn’t a popular candidate in the South.


29. As president-elect, on his way from Springfield to Washington D.C., Lincoln had to travel undercover. Why? (He was so popular there was danger of great crowds surrounding him. He was in danger from enemies. He owed a lot of people a lot of money.) “His views made him unpopular with some and there were threats on his life.”


“Congratulations! You have answered the questions correctly and Lincoln made it the White House in Washington, D.C. Let’s continue into his time as president.”


Lincoln’s Presidency


30. Abraham Lincoln was elected president twice. The Civil War began the year he took office and consumed much of his time while president.


30. During the Civil War, Lincoln gave a famous two-minute speech to honor those who died in the war. In his speech he declared that this government” “of the people, by the people, and for the people, would not perish from this earth.” Where did he give that speech? (Gettysburg, PA, Washington D.C., Appomattox, VA)


After the Civil War, Arlington National Cemetery was established as a military cemetery for veterans of war. Lincoln was not buried there.


31. Lincoln lead the Union during the Civil War, but he did many other important things as president. One of them which had a far-reaching impact was what? (He set aside for public use that led to the idea of national parks. He signed the law that gave women the right to vote. He approved the purchase of Alaska from the Russian Empire.)


32. What was the specific act?  The Yosemite Grant Act was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on June 30, 1864.


33. In the Spring of 1865, Abraham Lincoln was no longer president. What happened? (He was voted out of office. He died. He resigned to live a quiet life back in Illinois.)


34. Who was the person? Why? “He was assassinated by an actor named John Wilkes Booth. He was angry over the outcome of the Civil War and the fate of the South.”


335. After Lincoln was killed, Where was his body laid to rest? Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, Springfield Illinois, near a log cabin in Hoggenville, KY where he was born?


36. How many national parks sites exist which honor the memory of Abraham Lincoln? (6, 11, 3)


  1. Mount Rushmore National Memorial

  2. Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

  3. Lincoln Home National Historic Site

  4. Lincoln National Memorial

  5. Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site

  6. Ford’s Theater National Historic Site

Well Done! You’ve taken Abraham Lincoln from the West to the White House.