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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. In the explanation of the Rebel Yell, McPherson quotes a soldier from which state who had said he would never yell during battle, but had anyway?
(a) Mississippi.
(b) Rhode Island.
(c) Virginia.
(d) Georgia.

2. In 1862, a private in the 38th North Carolina wrote to his wife that, if he were to be killed, he hoped to be reunited with his daughter __________.
(a) Angel.
(b) Molly.
(c) Mary.
(d) Annie.

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) Duty.
(b) Patriotism.
(c) Honor.
(d) Money.

4. In July 1861, what battle caused Northern volunteers to flock to the army?
(a) Bull Run.
(b) Shiloh.
(c) Gettysburg.
(d) Chancellorville.

5. When discussing Jesse Beecher's service record, McPherson states that he fought in all BUT WHICH of the following states?
(a) North Carolina.
(b) Georgia.
(c) Virginia.
(d) South Carolina.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When discussing various war memoirs, McPherson mentions that John Haley of Maine wrote which of the following?

3. As "Chapter 2: We Were in Earnest" opens, McPherson says that another name for the Civil War is what?

4. When a young private predicted the bullet had not been made that would shoot him, McPherson notes he was correct because the private died in what prison?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the Civil War transform irresponsible men into responsible ones as the war got underway?

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

3. In the discussion of cowardice, McPherson says that officers were held to even higher standards of bravery. What effect did this expectation have on officers?

4. What ideological concepts and convictions initially motivated the Union soldiers to fight in "Chapter 2: We Were in Earnest"?

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

6. 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?

7. How did Civil War soldiers react to fear in "Chapter 3: Anxious for the Fray"?

8. What can readers conclude about the use of alcohol as a motivational tool, during "Chapter 4: If I Flinched, I was Ruined"?

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

10. For what purpose does McPherson relate the story of James and John Welsh in the opening of "Chapter 2: We Were in Earnest"?

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