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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 discussion of Bell Wiley's study of Billy Yank, how many Union soldiers were interested in emancipation out of every ten surveyed?
(a) 4.
(b) 8.
(c) 1.
(d) 10.

2. After discussing Civil War soldiers' convictions, what commodity does McPherson say was most sought-after in camp, second to letters from home?
(a) Bandages.
(b) Socks.
(c) Newspapers.
(d) Chewing gum.

3. In the discussion of a Louisiana cavalry sergeant who'd been the headmaster of a boys' school prior to enlisting, by what battle does the soldier cite Yankee hatred as his reason to fight?
(a) Mesilla.
(b) Vicksburg.
(c) Belmont.
(d) Pleasant Hill.

4. In the discussion of the psychological and physiological issues soldiers faced in 1864, a private in the 100th Pennsylvania wrote that he slept one night out of how many?
(a) 8.
(b) 14.
(c) 25.
(d) 19.

5. 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) 43%.
(b) 27%.
(c) 84%.
(d) 66%.

Short Answer Questions

1. While attempting to define the "glorious institutions" that kept men fighting during the Civil War, a soldier from which state defined it as "the guaranty of the rights of property, liberty of action, freedom of thought, religion...that kind of government that shall assure life liberty & the pursuit of happiness"?

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

3. After the discussion of the conflict between love of family and love of country, McPherson quotes an Alabama soldier as saying he worried for his wife if they failed. What was his wife's name?

4. 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?

5. When discussing the hardships of soldiers' wives, McPherson says that failure to fight for one's country would be seen to dishonor all BUT WHICH of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the discussion of revenge, why does McPherson say that the Confederate army was more motivated by hatred and revenge than the Union?

2. What difference did class and education make in terms of support when Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation?

3. Explain the massacres of black soldiers, as discussed in "Chapter 11: Vengeance Will be Our Motto."

4. After discussing how the conflict between love of family and love of country was a major concern for many Confederate soldiers, how does McPherson say the men resolved this dichotomy?

5. Why, in the discussion of the mail service, does McPherson say that efficient mail delivery was so important?

6. Why are there no letters from black Union soldiers, according to "Chapter 9: Slavery Must be Cleaned Out"?

7. What was meant when some soldiers wrote home about being stuck in a "rich man's war," toward the end of "Chapter 7: On the Altar of My Country"?

8. Describe the information and political education level maintained by soldiers in "Chapter 7: On the Altar of My Country."

9. What challenges did soldiers face in the last year of the Civil War that exacerbated their combat exhaustion?

10. Under what conditions were black soldiers allowed to join the Confederate army during the final year of the Civil War?

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