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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When McPherson recounts the tale of James and John Welsh, he says that James moved to what state in 1853 and became a Republican?
(a) Iowa.
(b) Virginia.
(c) Illinois.
(d) Maine.

2. In the discussion of the officers' views on training, which of the following did a captain in the 85th New York NOT believe would get men to fight well?
(a) Drill.
(b) Leadership.
(c) Discipline.
(d) Food.

3. When discussing soldiers not eager to fight, McPherson says derogatory comments about these men came from officers who had enlisted for all BUT WHICH of these reasons?
(a) Patriotism.
(b) Duty.
(c) Money.
(d) Honor.

4. Which of the following states had the strongest convictions about the war, according to the descriptions of Southern motivations for war?
(a) Mississippi.
(b) Georgia.
(c) Maryland.
(d) Virginia.

5. In his discussion of his ancestor, Jesse Beecher, McPherson says that in 1862 Beecher enlisted with the 112th New York at what age?
(a) 25.
(b) 43.
(c) 19.
(d) 37.

Short Answer Questions

1. After the battle of Chancellorville, a lieutenant in the 17th Connecticut wrote home that the captain had resigned and gone home; what was the captain's name?

2. During "Chapter 5: Religion is What Makes Brave Soldiers," which military historian is quoted from his book, "Men Against Fire"?

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. When McPherson recounts the tale of Sarah Rosetta Wakeman, what name does he say she enlisted under?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Civil War enlisted men respond to military discipline, as discussed in "Chapter 4: If I Flinched, I was Ruined"?

2. In the discussion of regimental bonding, what is "primary group cohesion"?

3. When McPherson discusses Civil War veteran John W. DeForest, what explanation do readers receive of the definition between a lunatic and a hero?

4. As the war got underway, what feeling did soldiers have about "safe" positions in the rear of battles?

5. Define and explain "rage militaire" as discussed by McPherson in his discussion of the initial impulse that motivated soldiers to fight the Civil War.

6. In "Chapter 1: This War is a Crusade," what difference does McPherson note between the Civil War and the Vietnam War?

7. What methods did officers used after they were confronted with undisciplined troops early in the war?

8. What questions did the Princeton students have when McPherson took them to Gettysburg in the spring of 1976?

9. When discussing his framework for the book, what three categories does McPherson say he has used and borrowed from John A. Lynn?

10. As the Civil War began, in what way did both the North and the South believe they were each fighting for the cause of liberty?

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