For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. 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?

2. In "Chapter 3: Anxious for the Fray," soldiers on both sides were afraid the war would be over before they had a chance to do anything, a fear written by a recruit from which regiment?

3. By 1863, McPherson states, trouble and sorrow in the dis-United States was almost beyond calculation, as the war had claimed how many lives?

4. In 1864, an officer in which regiment wrote of a successful attack on Confederate lines, defending the Weldon Railroad near Petersburg?

5. From which state was the soldier who felt that religion was what made brave soldiers, during the discussion of Civil War faith?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the tone of soldiers' letters home change from their initial zeal after the first few battles were over?

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

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

4. When discussing his framework for the book, what three categories does McPherson say he has used and borrowed from John A. Lynn?

5. 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?

6. What conclusion is reached about the role of religion as a motivating factor at the end of "Chapter 5: Religion is What Makes Brave Soldiers"?

7. 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"?

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

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

10. After saying that Civil War soldiers were the most literate in history, what facts and figures does McPherson cite that lend legitimacy to his sources for the book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the attitudes of Union soldiers toward the war before and after the Emancipation Proclamation. Be sure to discuss why some Union soldiers were angered by Lincoln's Proclamation, and include supporting quotes and information from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the effect of the French concept of "rage militaire" during the Civil War with once instance of the same phenomenon in more modern times. In what ways has the effect of this phenomenon on society changed over time? In what ways is the effect the same? Include supporting quotes and information from the text and outside research as necessary.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss the effect of what is now known as post-traumatic stress disorder on Civil War soldiers. How did this phenomenon affect their attitudes and effectiveness? Be sure to include supporting information from the book and outside research as necessary.

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