The Fate of Liberty Test | Final Test - Hard

Mark E. Neely, Jr.
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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. Why does President Lincoln pardon Wes Brogan?

2. How does Maryland protest the military arrest of citizens?

3. According to Colonel F. C. Ainsworth's study, how many civilian prisoners were detained during the Civil War?

4. In reviewing the "U.S. Army Court Martial Cases" of 1863-65, why does Lincoln sometimes disagree with Holt?

5. What sentence does Joseph Holt request for Wes Brogan?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does James Bryce liken President Lincoln to Oliver Cromwell?

2. What concerns do Union officials have about rebel defectors who claim to be seeking asylum in the Union?

3. Why does Joseph G. Knapp complain to Edward Bates?

4. Who is Wes Bogan?

5. How does the USS Niphon capture the Ella and Annie?

6. According to Lincoln, what differentiates his actions from that of a dictator?

7. How does the Mexican-American War influence Lincoln's perception of Constitutional issues?

8. Why does Andrew D. Duff predict that President Lincoln will not allow voting in November of 1864?

9. Why is the Banshee declared an agent of the Confederacy?

10. How does Clement Vallandingham's arrest affect the political climate of the North?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the warning Neely gives his readers about bias among historians. What cautions should a person take when studying history? How could political bias affect a person's view of history?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the rise and use of military commissions during the Civil War. What guidelines exist for Union Generals in reference to the arrest and trial of civilians? How do military commissions benefit the Union and what abuses are reported?

Essay Topic 3

Describe arguments for and against Lincoln's character and actions as President. Why do some early Civil War historians and Northern Democrats describe him as a dictator? How does Lincoln defend his character and actions against these accusations? In the light of history, how do most historians view the decisions he made during his administration?

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