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 talking about the frustrations of Union soldiers in the last two years of the war, what amount do readers learn drafted men could pay to acquire a substitute?

2. In the discussion of the psychological and physiological issues soldiers faced in 1864, a private in the 100th Pennsylvania wrote that he slept one night out of how many?

3. During the discussion of what sustained soldiers during the Civil War, what does McPherson say was a dominant theme in the letters home?

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. After the three month Peninsula campaign, a Pennsylvania private wrote that he had lived on how many crackers from Thursday through Monday?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why, in the discussion of the mail service, does McPherson say that efficient mail delivery was so important?

4. Describe the information and political education level maintained by soldiers in "Chapter 7: On the Altar of My Country."

5. 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?

6. What difference did class and education make in terms of support when Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation?

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

8. What challenges did soldiers face in the last year of the Civil War that exacerbated their combat exhaustion?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In a well-developed essay, explain and discuss two examples--one Union, one Confederate--of how the phenomenon of primary group cohesion kept soldiers fighting during the Civil War. Include supporting information from the text.

Essay Topic 2

In a well-developed essay, compare and contrast military discipline between the Civil War and one more modern conflict. Include supporting information from the text and outside research as necessary.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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