For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War Test | Final 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. When a twenty-five year old soldier in the 2nd Vermont married his fiancee during a furlough in "Chapter 10: We Know That We are Supported at Home," how many months was he with her during the first year of marriage?

2. The November 8, 1865, diary entry of a sergeant in the 8th Ohio cavalry noted that how many members of his regiment had voted for Lincoln, as opposed to sixteen votes for McClellan?

3. Which individual won the nomination for governor of Ohio on an antiwar platform in June 1863?

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?

5. During the discussion of the hardships for soldiers' wives, how many married men does McPherson say voluntarily enlisted to fight the war?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What can be considered ironic about the Confederate fascination with liberty, as discussed in "Chapter 8: The Cause of Liberty"?

3. What types of letters did Confederate soldiers begin sending home toward the end of "Chapter 11: Vengeance Will be Our Motto"?

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

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

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

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

8. In what way did the Confederate soldiers identify with the Founding Fathers in the discussion of the concept of liberty?

9. In the discussion of vengeance, what disturbing instructions did some soldiers send in letters home to their wives?

10. 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"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pick a quote (at least three sentences) from any soldier McPherson quotes in the book and apply John A. Lynn's three categories to that soldier. Explain how and why Lynn's categories apply to the individual you have chosen, and be sure to include supporting information from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the reactions of soldiers who received encouraging letters from home with those who received complaining letters from home. What affect did each type of letter have on soldiers in the book? Include supporting information from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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