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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When McPherson recounts the tale of James and John Welsh, he says that James moved to what state in 1853 and became a Republican?
(a) Virginia.
(b) Maine.
(c) Illinois.
(d) Iowa.

2. The end of "Chapter 4: If I Flinched I Was Ruined" says Civil War soldiers came from a society that prized all BUT WHICH of the following?
(a) Freedom.
(b) Obedience.
(c) Individualism.
(d) Self-reliance.

3. At the end of "Chapter Two: We Were in Earnest," readers find that the "we were in earnest" chapter title comes from a soldier in which of the following regiments?
(a) 19th Massachusetts.
(b) 42nd Georgia.
(c) 23rd Virginia.
(d) 36th Pennsylvania.

4. During the story of Sarah Rosetta Wakeman, what is the name of the battle in which she fought?
(a) New Bern.
(b) Pleasant Hill.
(c) Fort Macon.
(d) Middle Creek.

5. After the attack on Fort Sumter, all BUT WHICH of the following states joined the other seven Southern states that had seceded prior to April, 1861?
(a) Indiana.
(b) North Carolina.
(c) Virginia.
(d) Tennessee.

6. After a Texas soldier wrote his wife in 1863 that he hoped a friend would shoot him if ever he showed the "white feather," he was killed during which of these battles?
(a) Stones River.
(b) Sewell's Point.
(c) Fort Donelson.
(d) Pleasant Hill.

7. As "Chapter 6: A Band of Brothers" opens, McPherson says that Civil War soldiers wrote much about all BUT WHICH of these synonyms?
(a) Valor.
(b) Bravery.
(c) Tenacity.
(d) Courage.

8. When talking about the relationships between enlisted men and their officers, McPherson notes a major from which state who visited his sick and wounded soldiers every day?
(a) New York.
(b) Illinois.
(c) Virginia.
(d) Pennsylvania.

9. While talking about religious fatalism, McPherson says that more soldiers were practical Arminians than strict __________________.
(a) Calvinists.
(b) Fatalists.
(c) Predestinations.
(d) Protestants.

10. Having discussed how the eagerness for battle faded, McPherson goes on to say that soldiers turned to the most pervasive presence: ________?
(a) Disease.
(b) Anger.
(c) Cowardice.
(d) Fear.

11. While talking about historically and politically famous individuals who fought the Civil War, McPherson mentions which of the following Ohio Republican leaders?
(a) William McKinley.
(b) James A. Garfield.
(c) Rutherford B. Hayes.
(d) Ulysses S. Grant.

12. During his visit to the four Civil War battlefields near Fredericksburg, McPherson thinks about the fighting that happened on May 12, 1864; for how many hours did the battle last?
(a) 18.
(b) 9.
(c) 27.
(d) 4.

13. When discussing the movie "Gettysburg" and the novel "The Killer Angels," McPherson mentions which man who won the medal of honor for defending Little Big Top?
(a) Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.
(b) Henry J. Minnigh.
(c) William E. Miller.
(d) Charles Evans Roberts.

14. During "Chapter 6: A Band of Brothers," McPherson notes that studies of combat motivation have shown the need of soldiers to prove themselves to wane after how many battles?
(a) 4.
(b) 6.
(c) 2.
(d) 8.

15. During the battle of Fredericksburg, from which state was the corporal who wrote his diary that he was sick, and if not for being thought a sneak, he wouldn't be in the ranks that day?
(a) Kentucky.
(b) Michigan.
(c) Virginia.
(d) Pennsylvania.

Short Answer Questions

1. After the battle of Fredericksburg, which famous writer visited his brother, a lieutenant in the 51st New York, after the man had been wounded?

2. In 1862, a private in the 38th North Carolina wrote to his wife that, if he were to be killed, he hoped to be reunited with his daughter __________.

3. An experience at Gaines Mill on June 27, 1862, where the Union line slowly began to leak stragglers, was described by a corporal from which state?

4. As McPherson discusses the officer in the 4th Alabama, who was determined to fight a "black republican" leader, he reveals that leader is what relation to him?

5. In his discussion of those soldiers who were not so heroic, McPherson mentions that these men were referred to as all BUT WHICH of the following?

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