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Mark E. Neely, Jr.
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 5, what does Pardon Worsley convince clerks from several prominent businesses that he has the permits and power to do?
(a) Trade through enemy lines.
(b) Locate Confederate spies.
(c) Suspend the writ of habeas corpus.
(d) Sell alcohol to Union troops.

2. How does Lincoln justify the suppression of such constitutional rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and habeas corpus?
(a) Spies could damage the commerce of the Union.
(b) The country must temporarily give up freedom for safety.
(c) Rebels are using these rights to aid their rebellion.
(d) Such rights are earned, not given.

3. What form of torture is commonly accepted among the administration during the Civil War?
(a) Water torture.
(b) Public lashing.
(c) Starvation.
(d) Public stocks.

4. Why does Clement L. Vallandigham's arrest cause widespread Democratic protests?
(a) He is a respected preacher.
(b) He was once a member of the U.S. Congress.
(c) He is a well read author.
(d) He was arrested without legal precedent.

5. Why is Nathaniel Bachelder arrested in Chapter 3?
(a) For raising forces for the Confederacy.
(b) For selling alcohol to Union troops.
(c) For bringing illegal goods across picket lines.
(d) For warning recruits they will go to hell.

6. What does Provost Marshal General Bernard G. Farrar declare in light of General Paine's arrests in Chapter 2?
(a) Non-military personnel are subject to military law during war.
(b) Due process is a privilege, not a right.
(c) Due process is a constitutional and moral right.
(d) Property does not exist in the absence of law.

7. What nickname is given to President Lincoln?
(a) Old Black Soot.
(b) Honest Abe.
(c) The Writ Rewriter.
(d) The Beast of New Orleans.

8. What does Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles confide in his diary?
(a) He fears the Confederacy might win.
(b) He never feared revolt from Northern citizens.
(c) He is terrified of revolt from Northern facotry workers.
(d) He is concerned about the impact of paid servants on the economy.

9. What does Peter H. Watson oversee in Chapter 5?
(a) The investigation of John Eitel's illegal operations.
(b) The movement of Union troops through St. Louis.
(c) The transfer of civilian prisoners.
(d) The transfer of Confederate prisioners.

10. When does Lincoln suspend the writ of habeas corpus in Missouri?
(a) After Confederate spies are found hiding in the capital courthouse.
(b) After mobs riot in the streets of Jefferson City.
(c) After local commanders suspend civil liberties.
(d) After a potential assassination plot is uncovered.

11. In 1864, what bogus presidential proclamation is published in the New York "World" and the "Journal of Commerce"?
(a) An announcement of a truce.
(b) A report of a White House fire.
(c) The announcement of a new 400,000-man draft.
(d) A report of new taxes being levied by Lincoln.

12. What war time legal practice is revived due to the rise of guerilla warfare in America?
(a) Execution squads.
(b) Hangings.
(c) Seizure of property.
(d) Military commissions.

13. How are disloyal citizens tried in Chapter 2?
(a) In federal courts.
(b) In civil courts.
(c) In military commissions.
(d) In the field.

14. What orders does President Lincoln give General Benjamin F. Butler and General-in-Chief Winfield Scott in Chapter 1?
(a) Arrest any who resist.
(b) Watch, wait and be ready to respond.
(c) Attack on sight.
(d) Free those in chains, chain those who fight.

15. Which book of John A. Marshall's is well read among Lincoln's critics?
(a) Low Tide for Liberty.
(b) The Merryman.
(c) The Prisoner of State.
(d) The American Bastile.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the War Department arrest telegraphers in four major cities in 1864?

2. Why is Chauncey Burr arrested in Chapter 3?

3. What are the most common reasons for civilian arrest between 1863 and 1864?

4. Whom does Lincoln turn to for advice when Baltimore mobs burn railroad bridges?

5. Which famous case will refer to Samuel Perkins' arguments in 1966?

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