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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the discussion of Lincoln's idea that the United States represented the last best hope for the survival of republican government, the world is bestrode by all BUT WHICH of these?
(a) Tyrants.
(b) Emperors.
(c) Kings.
(d) Despots.

2. In the discussion of Bell Wiley's study of Billy Yank, how many Union soldiers were interested in emancipation out of every ten surveyed?
(a) 1.
(b) 10.
(c) 8.
(d) 4.

3. During the discussion of the hardships for soldiers' wives, how many married men does McPherson say voluntarily enlisted to fight the war?
(a) 300,000.
(b) 60,000.
(c) 100,000.
(d) 800,000.

4. During Stonewall Jackson's Shenandoah Valley campaign in 1862, some of his men fought five battles in addition to marching how many miles in a single month?
(a) 350.
(b) 85.
(c) 260.
(d) 140.

5. During the discussion of what sustained soldiers during the Civil War, which of the following played a large part in maintaining morale?
(a) Parties.
(b) Mail.
(c) Battles.
(d) Religion.

6. From which state was the sergeant, three times wounded, stationed near Vicksburg who described debates in his brigade during the winter of 1863-1964?
(a) Virginia.
(b) Illinois.
(c) Texas.
(d) New Jersey.

7. In the discussion of a Louisiana cavalry sergeant who'd been the headmaster of a boys' school prior to enlisting, by what battle does the soldier cite Yankee hatred as his reason to fight?
(a) Vicksburg.
(b) Belmont.
(c) Mesilla.
(d) Pleasant Hill.

8. During the discussion of the American volunteers in the Spanish Civil War, what percentage found that "belief in war aims" helped overcome the fear of battle?
(a) 89%.
(b) 77%.
(c) 34%.
(d) 58%.

9. A forty year old captain of the 18th Massachusetts wrote his wife in August 1862 that he'd rather fight for years than for his sons to continue it. In what battle was he killed four months later?
(a) Shiloh.
(b) Fredericksburg.
(c) Bull Run.
(d) Malvern Hill.

10. On July 1, 1864, a captain for the 103rd Illinois wrote that it was day sixty-two for his regiment, and that they'd spent how many of those days under fire?
(a) 62.
(b) 48.
(c) 33.
(d) 50.

11. From which state was the private who wrote in January 1862, after speaking to a slave whose husband had been beaten, that he was convinced of the "cruelty and inhumanity of the system"?
(a) Pennsylvania.
(b) Kentucky.
(c) New York.
(d) Louisiana.

12. As "Chapter 7: On the Altar of My Country" begins, McPherson quotes an analysis of surviving Tennessee soldiers that showed they weren't really aware of the South's goals during the Civil War. Which decade was the analysis?
(a) 1910s.
(b) 1870s.
(c) 1920s.
(d) 1890s.

13. After the battle of Antietam, the colonel of the 20th Massachusetts disappeared and was later found wandering without food or water and without having changed clothes for how long?
(a) 4 weeks.
(b) 3 months.
(c) 6 days.
(d) 48 hours.

14. As "Chapter 10: We Know That We are Supported at Home" opens, which of the following is NOT one of the main sources of combat motivation?
(a) Group cohesion.
(b) Self-respect.
(c) Courage.
(d) Patriotism.

15. Between May 5 and June 22, 1864, the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia experienced casualties amounting to what percent of their original strength?
(a) 60%.
(b) 38%.
(c) 95%.
(d) 49%.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the end of "Chapter 8: The Cause of Liberty," by what year had Northern soldiers broadened their concept of liberty to include black people?

2. In the discussion of the Emancipation Proclamation, McPherson says that in his sample of Union soldiers, what percentage favored emancipation through the spring of 1863?

3. During the discussion of the desire to punish treason and "clean out" the rebels, a soldier from which state wrote his sister "I want to fight the rest of my life if necessary"?

4. In the discussion of Southern bitterness toward the North, from which state was the corporal who wrote it would be best "if the whole Yankee race could be swept from the face of the earth"?

5. An Illinois cavalryman, who wrote a letter home on January 12, 1865, used the word "duty" how many times in a single sentence?

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