What's Your Civil War Military Job?

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Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

The American Civil War, which took place in the 1860s, happened because President Lincoln emancipated the slaves kept in the US, a move that angered southern states that depended on slave labor for centuries. 

Interestingly, all this took place in a time when mechanization was beginning to take hold, a change that could have obviated the need for slaves in most agriculture in just a few decades, had the war not happened. This massive technological revolution didn't just give people new farming technology, it gave them Dr. Gatling's gun, TNT, and mass production of rifling.  

As a result, the war saw more Americans die as a proportion of the population than any other war, with staggering numbers of war dead rushing headlong into gunfire as strategies reminiscent of the Napoleonic Wars played out on American farmland.

Into this poured immigrants fleeing serfdom in Europe, Americans bent on manifest destiny, patriotic idealists, and thieves. The Civil War produced the Pinkerton Detective Agency, a forerunner of the FBI. The war became one of the first major markets for morphine (resulting in the first generation of large-scale opiate addiction in the US), and the war was the genesis of a criminal whose exploits inspired the creation of the fictional Professor Moriarty.

How would you fare in this crucible? Answer some questions and we will tell you what you'd do for a living if you were in the thick of the American Civil War!

Could you kill another human being?

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How honest are you?

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How do you listen to music?

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How ruthless are you?

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How's your bedside manner?

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How good an actor are you?

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How are your math skills?

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How patient are you?

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How strong is your stomach?

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How fast can you run?

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How calm are you when you're under pressure?

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Do you work well as part of a team?

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Can you handle complex jobs all on your own?

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How good of a leader are you?

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Have you ever lied on your taxes or the like?

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How organized and careful are you?

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How steady are your hands?

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How strong is your arm?

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How wily are you?

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How effective are you in chaotic situations?

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Could you follow an immoral order?

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Who was your favorite Civil War general?

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Do you think that Booth worked alone?

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If you had to do government work, which of these jobs would you like today?

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When would have been the optimal time for the emancipation of the slaves?

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What was the worst blunder of the Civil War?

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Which US President do you like best?

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What field are you in now?

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How old are you?

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What Western do you think best reflects the Civil War era?

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