Robert Smalls

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Robert Smalls.

1. Where was Robert Smalls born?
a. Raleigh, North Carolina
b. Norfolk, Virginia
c. Athens, Georgia
d. Beaufort, South Carolina
e. Jacksonville, Florida

2. Which of the following best describes Robert Smalls' childhood?
a. He was a slave who worked long hours picking cotton on a plantation
b. He lived a nice childhood as a free person because his mother was free
c. He was a slave who worked as a servant to his owner
d. All of the above
e. None of the above

3. What was Robert Smalls' job as a slave in Charleston?
a. He worked as a wheelman on ships
b. He unloaded heavy loads from ships coming into the harbor
c. He cleaned ships that came into the harbor after long trips
d. He collected taxes on imports coming into Charleston from ships
e. He drove a horse carriage that delivered mail throughout Charleston

4. What did Robert Smalls' ship do for the Confederacy?
a. Transported ammunition
b. Transported Confederate troops
c. Deployed mines
d. All of the above
e. None of the above

5. What was the name of the ship Robert Smalls used to escape to the North?
a. Aurora
b. Planter
c. Pequod
d. Starfish
e. Venture

6. What did Robert do with the Confederate flag as he approached the Union Navy?
a. Replaced it with a white flag
b. Set it on fire
c. Replaced it with a Jolley Roger flag
d. Replaced it with a Union flag
e. He did nothing and left the Confederate flag flying

7. What happened to Robert Smalls after he reached the Union Navy?
a. His ship was sunk and most of his crew died
b. He was sent back to the South to be a slave
c. He was forced to move to Canada
d. He was punished and put in jail for stealing a ship
e. He was set free and awarded prize money for bringing the Union a ship

8. What did Robert Smalls do after the Civil War?
a. Moved back to South Carolina and purchased his old master's house
b. Started a newspaper
c. Opened a school for black children
d. Opened a store
e. All of the above

9. What political position did Robert Smalls hold for many years?
a. Governor of South Carolina
b. U.S. Senator
c. Member of U.S. House of Representatives
d. President of the United States
e. Secretary of State

10. What political party did Robert Smalls help found in South Carolina?
a. Republican Party
b. Green Party
c. Socialist Party
d. Democratic Party
e. Tory Party

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