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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. During the discussion of religion, from which state was the private who wrote in 1861 that he wanted to put down the rebellion but hoped the war would end without him having to kill anybody?
(a) Illinois.
(b) Pennsylvania.
(c) Indiana.
(d) Massachusetts.

2. 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) Maine.
(c) Illinois.
(d) Virginia.

3. After the battle of Shiloh, which of the following Generals for the 53rd Ohio, promised his men--after an hour lecture--that they would fight with artillery behind them in the next battle?
(a) General James Abram Garfield.
(b) General George Brinton McClellan.
(c) General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard.
(d) General William T. Sherman.

4. When discussing the movie "Gettysburg" and the novel "The Killer Angels," McPherson mentions which man who won the medal of honor for defending Little Big Top?
(a) William E. Miller.
(b) Henry J. Minnigh.
(c) Charles Evans Roberts.
(d) Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.

5. Which of the following was a major in the 19th Iowa, described in "Chapter 4: If I Flinched I Was Ruined," who would walk and let injured men ride his horse?
(a) Major Kit Chancellor.
(b) Major Dan Kent.
(c) Major Tommy Byron.
(d) Major Myron Burroughs.

Short Answer Questions

1. From which state was the soldier who wrote religious poetry while lying in the trenches, during the battle of Vicksburg?

2. After a soldier was killed at the battle of Dranesville in 1861, his younger brother wrote home to say that everyone's time must come; at what battle was the writer later killed?

3. As McPherson describes how soldiers on both sides were spoiling for a fight, he mentions an expression denoting exciting experiences: see the _________?

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

5. When discussing Jesse Beecher's service record, McPherson states that he fought in all BUT WHICH of the following states?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the discussion of religion, how did Christian soldiers reconcile the war with the commandment to "turn the other cheek"?

2. While discussing "short-timers" psychology, what reason does McPherson give for why this phenomenon did not exist in the Confederate army?

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. What ideological concepts and convictions initially motivated the Confederate soldiers to enlist and fight, as discussed by McPherson in his analysis of the beginning of the war?

10. What generally happened to the relationships between soldiers and officers after they went through a battle together, as discussed in "Chapter 4: If I Flinched, I was Ruined"?

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