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. As a congressman in 1848, why doesn't Lincoln want to wait for a constitutional amendment?

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

3. Who is Dred Scott?

4. How does Kenneth A. Bernard attempt to defend Lincoln's character?

5. Which Union general has President Lincoln's blessing to arrest all the men he wishes and freeing those who are willing to take an oath of allegiance?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Wes Bogan?

2. What is the purpose of James G. Randall's book, "Constitutional Problems under Lincoln"?

3. Why does Horatio Seymour quote Lord Coke, by saying, "Where courts of law are open, martial law cannot be executed?"

4. Describe the Dred Scott decision.

5. How does Dean Sprague depict Lincoln's character?

6. Why are modern historians unable to replicate or confirm Colonel F. C. Ainsworth's study?

7. Why are there several discrepancies among the reported number of civilians arrested during the Civil War?

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

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

10. What is the "White Flag Affair?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What events give rise to Martial law during the Civil War? Why does General William S. Harney describe the military's legal powers as "higher law"? What are the positive and negative affects of Martial law during the Civil War?

Essay Topic 2

Why does Lincoln feel it necessary to suspend the writ of habeas corpus? What are the positive and negative affects of the writ's suspension? According to historians, how might the precedents set by the suspension of the writ affect the future of American warfare policy?

Essay Topic 3

What role does Great Britain play in the American Civil War? How do Confederates use international law and their relationship with Great Britain to their advantage? Why is the Union cautious about offending Britain?

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