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. 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?

2. In the discussion of the Emancipation Proclamation, McPherson says that in his sample of Union soldiers, what percentage favored emancipation through the spring of 1863?

3. Between May 5 and June 22, 1864, the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia experienced casualties amounting to what percent of their original strength?

4. Which soldier in the 103rd Ohio denounced the Emancipation Proclamation in letters to family from January to March of 1863?

5. In the discussion of Bell Wiley's study of Billy Yank, how many Union soldiers were interested in emancipation out of every ten surveyed?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. McPherson denies, in the discussion of liberty, that Southern soldiers were obsessed with slavery. What statistical evidence does he supply to support this?

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. After discussing how the conflict between love of family and love of country was a major concern for many Confederate soldiers, how does McPherson say the men resolved this dichotomy?

8. Explain the phenomenon of "dry rot," as discussed in "Chapter 10: We Know That We Are Supported at Home."

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

10. How did Northern soldiers initially respond when Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the motivations behind the Civil War for Northern and Southern soldiers. What were the three primary motivations for each group? Be sure to include quotes and supporting information from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast soldiers' initial combat motivation with combat exhaustion. Be sure to explain when a soldier would experience each and what the reaction would be, in addition to analyzing the differing tone that accompanies each stage in the book. Include quotes and supporting information from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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