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. After the battle of Fredericksburg, which famous writer visited his brother, a lieutenant in the 51st New York, after the man had been wounded?

2. During the discussion of good-luck charms and talismans, the author notes that he has not encountered any evidence of Civil War soldiers carrying what common item?

3. As "Chapter 2: We Were in Earnest" opens, McPherson says that another name for the Civil War is what?

4. According to the quote from John W. DeForest in "Chapter 1: This War is a Crusade," the man who does not dread to die or be mutilated is a what?

5. During "Chapter 6: A Band of Brothers," McPherson notes that studies of combat motivation have shown the need of soldiers to prove themselves to wane after how many battles?

Short Essay Questions

1. McPherson says that duty and honor were powerful motives for battle, and then goes on to say that they had to be because what modern elements were lacking in Civil War-era soldiers?

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 Union soldiers to fight in "Chapter 2: We Were in Earnest"?

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

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

6. 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?

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

8. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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