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Multiple Choice Questions

1. When a sergeant in the 8th Georgia wrote to his family in 1863 that he would willingly sacrifice his life upon the altar of his country, readers learn that he did so in which battle?
(a) Bull Run.
(b) Shiloh.
(c) Second Manassas.
(d) Gettysburg.

2. 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) 48.
(b) 62.
(c) 33.
(d) 50.

3. 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) Fort Fisher.
(b) Spring Hill.
(c) Nashville.
(d) King's Hill.

4. 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.

5. In the discussion of the psychological and physiological issues soldiers faced in 1864, modern studies have shown that a unit is exhausted if it twice suffers what fraction of casualties?
(a) 2/5.
(b) 1/3.
(c) 3/5.
(d) 1/4.

6. McPherson says that one of the reasons for this famous Confederate general's invasion of Tennessee during November 1864 was a hope to revitalize the troops from that state. What was this general's name?
(a) General John B. Hood.
(b) General James Longstreet.
(c) General Braxton Bragg.
(d) General Jubal Early.

7. 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.

8. After the battle of Antietam a soldier in the 21st Mississippi wrote his parents that he wanted to collect what Yankee body part for his sister, Anna?
(a) Bones.
(b) Ear lobes.
(c) Fingernails.
(d) Scalps.

9. 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?
(a) 66%.
(b) 27%.
(c) 84%.
(d) 43%.

10. 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) 243.
(b) 25.
(c) 367.
(d) 158.

11. By 1864, when a captain in the 5th Alabama wrote of the burning of Chambersburg, how much money did he say soldiers demanded from their victims' houses?
(a) $75.
(b) $500.
(c) $200.
(d) $800.

12. 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?
(a) $900.
(b) $300.
(c) $50.
(d) $150.

13. As "Chapter 12: The Same Holy Cause" opens, McPherson says that Civil War soldiers never heard of all BUT WHICH of the following terms?
(a) Courage.
(b) Battle fatigue.
(c) Shell shock.
(d) Psychiatric casualties.

14. When a twenty-five year old soldier in the 2nd Vermont married his fiancee during a furlough in "Chapter 10: We Know That We are Supported at Home," how many months was he with her during the first year of marriage?
(a) 10.
(b) 4.
(c) 1.
(d) 7.

15. 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?
(a) 44%.
(b) 25%.
(c) 78%.
(d) 89%.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. Which soldier in the 103rd Ohio denounced the Emancipation Proclamation in letters to family from January to March of 1863?

3. In the spring of 1862, soldiers from which state felt a redoubled commitment to the war effort when large portions of their home state fell to the "insolent invader"?

4. From which state was the major whose letter home during the summer of 1862 contained the line "slavery must be cleaned out," from which the title of the chapter was inspired?

5. After the Seven Days battles, a private in the 58th Virginia wrote that through August and September his regiment had waded the Potomac how many times?

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