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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In "Chapter 8: The Cause of Liberty," which immigrant group drew the clearest parallels between the fight for the Union and the fight for liberty in their home country?
(a) Italian Americans.
(b) German Americans.
(c) Irish Americans.
(d) Russian Americans.

2. 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"?
(a) Georgia.
(b) Virginia.
(c) North Carolina.
(d) Kentucky.

3. In 1863, when an infantry colonel said he began "to think no Soldier ought to be married," readers learn that he is from state?
(a) Massachusetts.
(b) North Carolina.
(c) South Carolina.
(d) Wisconsin.

4. After discussing Civil War soldiers' convictions, what commodity does McPherson say was most sought-after in camp, second to letters from home?
(a) Socks.
(b) Bandages.
(c) Newspapers.
(d) Chewing gum.

5. In the discussion of the hardships for soldiers' wives, what percentage of officers does McPherson say were married in his sample?
(a) 14%.
(b) 51%.
(c) 28%.
(d) 72%.

6. Which most notorious massacre of black prisoners happened on April 12, 1864?
(a) Port Royal.
(b) Fort Pillow.
(c) Poison Springs.
(d) Plymouth.

7. The November 8, 1865, diary entry of a sergeant in the 8th Ohio cavalry noted that how many members of his regiment had voted for Lincoln, as opposed to sixteen votes for McClellan?
(a) 158.
(b) 367.
(c) 243.
(d) 25.

8. In the discussion of the psychological and physiological issues soldiers faced in 1864, a private in the 100th Pennsylvania wrote that he slept one night out of how many?
(a) 8.
(b) 19.
(c) 14.
(d) 25.

9. In the discussion of the Confederate ideal of white supremacy and the right to slavery, from which state was the soldier who wrote he was "fighting for our liberty against tyrants of the North...who are determined to destroy slavery"?
(a) Kentucky.
(b) Virginia.
(c) South Carolina.
(d) Georgia.

10. As "Chapter 9: Slavery Must be Cleaned Out" opens, McPherson says a Texas private predicted Confederate victory how long before General Lee surrendered at Appomattox?
(a) 2 years.
(b) 6 months.
(c) 4 weeks.
(d) 1 year.

11. As "Chapter 11: Vengeance Will be Our Motto" opens, which is an essential component, according to McPherson, of the masculine code of honor?
(a) Patriotism.
(b) Revenge.
(c) Self-respect.
(d) Duty.

12. 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) 50.
(c) 33.
(d) 48.

13. As "Chapter 11: Vengeance Will be Our Motto" ends, McPherson says that no army broke until the Army of Tennessee after which of the following battles in 1864?
(a) Nashville.
(b) Spring Hill.
(c) Fort Fisher.
(d) King's Hill.

14. In 1863, a thirty-three year old private in the 2nd Ohio Cavalry wrote that his side must win, lest the march of Liberty be held back by all BUT WHICH of these?
(a) Aristocrats.
(b) Kings.
(c) Monarchs.
(d) Despots.

15. In "Chapter 8: The Cause of Liberty," how does McPherson say Southern whites preferred to term "slavery"?
(a) Southern rights.
(b) Southern way of life.
(c) Southern institutions.
(d) Southern ingenuity.

Short Answer Questions

1. When discussing the assertions of patriotism as a motivation for fighting, what percentage of the 429 Confederate letters and diaries used as sources affirmed this motivation?

2. While talking about the Emancipation Proclamation's effect on Union morale, McPherson says that, in comparison to enlisted men, what percentage of officers supported emancipation?

3. 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?

4. During the discussion of the Confederate response to the Emancipation Proclamation, what percentage of the sample 429 Confederate letters voiced pro-slavery arguments?

5. When talking about the frustrations of Union soldiers in the last two years of the war, what amount do readers learn drafted men could pay to acquire a substitute?

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