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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In July 1861, what battle caused Northern volunteers to flock to the army?
(a) Gettysburg.
(b) Chancellorville.
(c) Shiloh.
(d) Bull Run.

2. In the discussion of religious fatalism, what is described as the most dangerous position in the infantry?
(a) Artilleryman.
(b) Color bearer.
(c) Rifleman.
(d) Drummer boy.

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

4. Which of the following Generals retrieved his character during the Battle of Fair Oaks?
(a) General Willis Gorman.
(b) General James Thomas.
(c) General Mercer Tomlinson.
(d) General Lewis Armistead.

5. How many children does McPherson report that Jesse Beecher had when he enlisted with the 112th New York in 1862?
(a) 8.
(b) 6.
(c) 2.
(d) 4.

6. During the discussion of primary group cohesion, a soldier in the 122nd New York wrote to his sister in response to how he kept going through all BUT WHICH of these battles?
(a) Petersburg.
(b) Cold Harbor.
(c) Spotsylvania.
(d) Pleasant Hill.

7. As McPherson discusses religion's role in the Civil War, he notes that a lieutenant from New Jersey who fought in the conflict was what religion?
(a) Mormon.
(b) Quaker.
(c) Jewish.
(d) Atheist.

8. When discussing various war memoirs, McPherson mentions that Union artilleryman John Billings wrote which of the following?
(a) The Rebel Yell and the Yankee Hurrah.
(b) Hard Tack and Coffee.
(c) Hard Marching Every Day.
(d) On the Altar of Freedom.

9. McPherson notes that at the battle of ___________________ on June 3, 1864, one New York regiment was driven by the Provost Guard at bayonet point.
(a) Petersburg.
(b) Peach Tree Creek.
(c) Cold Harbor.
(d) Wilderness.

10. As McPherson talks about the literacy rates during the Civil War, he says that what percentage of Union soldiers were literate?
(a) 90%.
(b) 30%.
(c) 75%.
(d) 65%.

11. When McPherson and his cousin visit the four Civil War battlefields near Fredericksburg, Virginia, he notes that it is the day after which of the following holidays?
(a) Easter.
(b) Christmas.
(c) Labor Day.
(d) Thanksgiving.

12. McPherson quotes a sergeant who had spent the first twenty months of service guarding railroad bridges, as being disgusted with the lack of action. Which state was he from?
(a) Indiana.
(b) Illinois.
(c) Tennessee.
(d) Massachusetts.

13. 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) 4.
(c) 27.
(d) 9.

14. Toward the end of "Chapter 3: Anxious for the Fray," McPherson notes that men were shocked by war as most of them were in what age group?
(a) 30s.
(b) 50s.
(c) 60s.
(d) 20s.

15. When a Quaker captain in the 5th New Jersey was threatened to be turned out of his faith if he did not resign, he found he could not leave and was later killed in which battle?
(a) Second Manassas.
(b) Shiloh.
(c) Pleasant Hill.
(d) Bull Run.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the discussion of hyped-up battle behavior, McPherson notes that the phenomenon has been described as all BUT WHICH of the following?

2. Having discussed how the eagerness for battle faded, McPherson goes on to say that soldiers turned to the most pervasive presence: ________?

3. 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?

4. During the discussion of primary group cohesion, McPherson says it has existed since time immemorial but was studied during World War II in all BUT WHICH of these soldiers?

5. After the battle of Seven Pines, a captain from which state wrote that he was fine as long as there was battle but that afterward he was quite sick for a few days?

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