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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. McPherson quotes a sergeant who had spent the first twenty months of service guarding railroad bridges, as being disgusted with the lack of action. Which state was he from?
(a) Massachusetts.
(b) Indiana.
(c) Illinois.
(d) Tennessee.

2. As McPherson discusses religion's role in the Civil War, he notes that a lieutenant from New Jersey who fought in the conflict was what religion?
(a) Atheist.
(b) Mormon.
(c) Jewish.
(d) Quaker.

3. In the discussion of hyped-up battle behavior, McPherson notes that the phenomenon has been described as all BUT WHICH of the following?
(a) Military craze.
(b) Battle rage.
(c) Fighting madness.
(d) Combat frenzy.

4. "Chapter 5: Religion is What Makes Brave Soldiers" opens by saying that like _________, bullets fall on the just and unjust alike.
(a) Age.
(b) Rain.
(c) Death.
(d) Snow.

5. Soldiers in the discussion of military coercion stood firm under fire for the Prussian army under the command of ________ because they feared their officers more than the enemy.
(a) Frederick the Great.
(b) Napoleon Bonaparte.
(c) Gerhard von Scharnhorst.
(d) Frederick William I.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In the discussion of the physiological effects of warfare, a chemical reaction in the adrenal gland causes which of the following to be released?

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

4. When a captain from the 1st Connecticut Cavalry wrote about soldiers who shirk their duty, he said that in the company of sixty men only how many were in line?

5. Toward the end of "Chapter 6: A Band of Brothers," McPherson quotes which of the following theorists in relation to ideal primary groups?

Short Essay Questions

1. During the discussion about the adrenaline rush phenomenon, what did soldiers experience once the adrenaline had worn off?

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

3. According to "Chapter 5: Religion is What Makes Brave Soldiers," why does religion become so important to soldiers during war?

4. Explain the adrenaline rush described by McPherson in the discussion of how soldiers responded to battle.

5. 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?

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

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

8. In "Chapter 6: A Band of Brothers," what three synonyms did Civil War soldiers write a great deal about?

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

10. After the discussion of courage, bravery, and valor, what fear does McPherson say Civil War soldiers wrote even more about than the three-part concept of honor?

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