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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. After the burning at Chambersburg, what disease broke out in the prison camp at Charleston?
(a) Yellow fever.
(b) Cholera.
(c) Typhoid.
(d) Dysentery.

2. In the discussion of Lincoln's idea that the United States represented the last best hope for the survival of republican government, the world is bestrode by all BUT WHICH of these?
(a) Emperors.
(b) Despots.
(c) Tyrants.
(d) Kings.

3. In the discussion of the psychological and physiological issues soldiers faced in 1864, modern studies have shown that a unit is exhausted if it twice suffers what fraction of casualties?
(a) 1/4.
(b) 1/3.
(c) 3/5.
(d) 2/5.

4. As "Chapter 7: On the Altar of My Country" begins, McPherson quotes an analysis of surviving Tennessee soldiers that showed they weren't really aware of the South's goals during the Civil War. Which decade was the analysis?
(a) 1910s.
(b) 1890s.
(c) 1920s.
(d) 1870s.

5. 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?
(a) Cellie.
(b) Annabelle.
(c) Mary.
(d) Margaret.

Short Answer Questions

1. While talking about the difficulties wives left behind faced, McPherson mentions a sergeant in the 21st Ohio whose wife had written that "your country's cause is my cause." What was her name?

2. During Stonewall Jackson's Shenandoah Valley campaign in 1862, some of his men fought five battles in addition to marching how many miles in a single month?

3. An Illinois cavalryman, who wrote a letter home on January 12, 1865, used the word "duty" how many times in a single sentence?

4. 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?

5. As "Chapter 12: The Same Holy Cause" opens, McPherson says that Civil War soldiers never heard of all BUT WHICH of the following terms?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the discussion of the mail service, why was it more difficult for the Confederate army to maintain efficient mail service than it was for the Union army?

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

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

4. In Lincoln's discussions of democracy, what fear did he express if the South should be allowed to secede?

5. 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"?

6. In "Chapter 9: Slavery Must be Cleaned Out," what convinced non-abolitionist Union soldiers that slavery was an evil that must be stopped?

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

8. At the close of "Chapter 12: The Same Holy Cause," what final lessons does McPherson hope readers take from the book?

9. In "Chapter 10: We Know That We are Supported at Home," why did some officers worry that married men made bad soldiers?

10. Based on the discussion of post-traumatic stress disorder, how likely does McPherson consider the possibility that many regiments suffered from this now well-acknowledged psychological issue?

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