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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. After the battle of Fredericksburg, the 10th New York had fought six battles in as many months and had lost all but how many men?

2. When McPherson talks about the ways in which the eagerness for battle was not unique to Civil War soldiers, he mentions the same phenomenon during which war?

3. 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?

4. In his discussion of those soldiers who were not so heroic, McPherson mentions that these men were referred to as all BUT WHICH of the following?

5. During the discussion of leadership, which of the following Generals had a very different reputation at Gettysburg than he had earlier at Malvern Hill?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. In the discussion of leadership, what do the soldiers' letters indicate about the differences in leadership between the Confederate and Union armies?

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

9. How did Civil War enlisted men respond to military discipline, as discussed in "Chapter 4: If I Flinched, I was Ruined"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using all available references to officers of both armies, compare and contrast Union and Confederate officers. In what ways did their talents and methodologies differ? Include supporting information from the text.

Essay Topic 2

The men who became soldiers during the Civil War era were largely defined by Victorian ideals of manhood. Compare and contrast these ideals--and the soldiers who embodied them--with the modern equivalents. Be sure to include supporting information from the text.

Essay Topic 3

In a well-developed essay, analyze and discuss the effect being in the presence of slavery had on non-abolitionist Union soldiers. Include quotes and supporting information from the text.

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