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

2. Which two bills does Congress pass on March 3, 1863?
(a) The Habeas Corpus Act and the Enrollment Act.
(b) The Enrollment Act and the Militia Act.
(c) The Emancipation Proclamation and General Order 100.
(d) The Writ Act and the Militia Act.

3. How does Dennis A. Mahony secure his release?
(a) He writes and publishes articles about prision life.
(b) His lawyer threatens to take the Union general to court.
(c) He swears an oath of loyalty to the Union.
(d) He bribes the warden.

4. What happens to Assistant Judge William M. Merrick in Chapter 1?
(a) He is shot while giving a public speech.
(b) He is arrested and jailed for the duration of the war.
(c) He is executed for treason.
(d) He is put under surveillance and loses his salary.

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

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

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

8. Who are the Prisoners of State?
(a) Civilians arrested by the military.
(b) Felons captured behind enemy lines.
(c) Union military felons.
(d) Uniformed Confederate captives.

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

10. Why is Edmund J. Ellis banished from Missouri?
(a) For selling alcohol to Union troops.
(b) For bringing illegal goods across picket lines.
(c) For exercising freedom of expression.
(d) For burning a bridge into St. Louis.

11. What is the result of Brigadier General Thomas Ewing's General Order No. 11?
(a) 13,433 citizens of Missouri are arrested by Union forces.
(b) 237 civillians from Missouri are executed by Union soldiers.
(c) Military execution of civilian spies is abolished.
(d) 20,000 citizens are banished from the state of Missouri.

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

13. To whom does President Lincoln have to explain his decision to suspend the writ of habeas corpus?
(a) His cabinet.
(b) Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.
(c) Congress.
(d) The American public.

14. What do William Seward and George McClelland approve in Chapter 1?
(a) A list of Confederate supporters.
(b) A list of Maryland lawmakers who may be arrested.
(c) An attack plan for Missouri.
(d) A collection of international civil liberty laws.

15. Why does Joseph Griffin sue Captain Frank Wilcox for false imprisonment?
(a) Martial law does not give the right to confiscate private property.
(b) He is a loyal citizen of the Union.
(c) He is a legal citizen of the United States.
(d) He has a license to sell alcohol.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who produces a digest of opinions on martial law for President Lincoln in Chapter 1?

2. In Chapter 2, to what charge do civilians who burn bridges typically plead guilty?

3. What orders does President Lincoln give General Benjamin F. Butler and General-in-Chief Winfield Scott in Chapter 1?

4. Who are the Copperheads?

5. Dennis A. Mahony is editor of which newspaper in Chapter 3?

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