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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. After the story from the soldier who experienced the glaze of war during the battle at Gaines Mill, McPherson notes that another term for this phenomenon is what?
(a) Combat narcosis.
(b) Military insanity.
(c) Enraged glory.
(d) Battle craze.

2. During the discussion of good-luck charms and talismans, the author notes that he has not encountered any evidence of Civil War soldiers carrying what common item?
(a) Four leaf clover.
(b) Rabbit's foot.
(c) Horseshoe.
(d) Acorns.

3. During the Bristoe campaign, from which state was the sergeant who disobeyed a surgeon's order to go to the hospital because he was afraid of the suspicion attached?
(a) Virginia.
(b) Kentucky.
(c) Pennsylvania.
(d) Michigan.

4. When the 7th Vermont was called forward in June 1862, which of the following regiments pouted while Vermont celebrated?
(a) 9th Pennsylvania.
(b) 12th Connecticut.
(c) 2nd Ohio.
(d) 14th Vermont.

5. As "Chapter 2: We Were in Earnest" opens, McPherson says that another name for the Civil War is what?
(a) The Union War.
(b) The Slavery War.
(c) The Confederate War.
(d) The Brothers' War.

6. After the battle of Fredericksburg, the 10th New York had fought six battles in as many months and had lost all but how many men?
(a) 320.
(b) 240.
(c) 130.
(d) 68.

7. When an immigrant worker in a Philadelphia textile mill wrote to his father to explain his enlistment, he said if secession were allowed, the United States might end up worse than what country?
(a) Germany.
(b) Ireland.
(c) Russia.
(d) Poland.

8. Officers appropriated comfortable houses while enlisted men froze in tents in Nashville during November 1864. From what state was the private who complained in his letters?
(a) Virginia.
(b) Tennessee.
(c) Wisconsin.
(d) Georgia.

9. 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) 23rd Virginia.
(b) 19th Massachusetts.
(c) 36th Pennsylvania.
(d) 42nd Georgia.

10. 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) Labor Day.
(b) Thanksgiving.
(c) Easter.
(d) Christmas.

11. Which of the following was a major in the 19th Iowa, described in "Chapter 4: If I Flinched I Was Ruined," who would walk and let injured men ride his horse?
(a) Major Tommy Byron.
(b) Major Dan Kent.
(c) Major Myron Burroughs.
(d) Major Kit Chancellor.

12. As the excitement for battle raced across the country, the governor of Ohio said he could not send the requested thirteen regiments but would send how many?
(a) 5.
(b) 16.
(c) 8.
(d) 20.

13. When a young private predicted the bullet had not been made that would shoot him, McPherson notes he was correct because the private died in what prison?
(a) Elmira.
(b) Andersonville.
(c) Point Lookout.
(d) Camp Ford.

14. When McPherson talks about the ways in which the eagerness for battle was not unique to Civil War soldiers, he mentions the same phenomenon during which war?
(a) World War I.
(b) Revolutionary War.
(c) Vietnam War.
(d) World War II.

15. During the discussion of "short-timers" psychology in the Union army, what was the name of the rule that prevented this phenomenon in the Confederate army?
(a) Congress of Confederates.
(b) Southern Congress.
(c) Richmond Confederacy.
(d) Richmond Congress.

Short Answer Questions

1. When discussing various war memoirs, McPherson mentions that James Gooding, a black soldier in the 54th Massachusetts, wrote which of the following?

2. In 1864, an officer in which regiment wrote of a successful attack on Confederate lines, defending the Weldon Railroad near Petersburg?

3. How many children does McPherson report that Jesse Beecher had when he enlisted with the 112th New York in 1862?

4. 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?

5. As McPherson begins to describe the training regimen kept by soldiers, he quotes a young man from Indiana who wrote what relative, complaining a soldier "is not his own man"?

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