Gods and Generals Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. When do the armies resume fighting after the Battle of Bull Run?

2. Who does General Johnston resign to fight for?

3. What does Major Armistead ask in a message to Hancock after Hancock meets with Hamilton?

4. Where does McClellan keep his army after Lee retreats?

5. Who is Lewis Armistead?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is Lee's family estate located?

2. What kind of expectations are made clear when Lee is given command of Virginia's provisional army?

3. What does Chamberlain see when he returns to the hilltop where he was nearly killed in his first battle?

4. What does the Secretary of War order Lee to do after he summons him?

5. Why do Dr. Junkin and Jackson disagree about the forthcoming civil war?

6. What happens to Lee, physically, soon after the battle at Fredericksburg?

7. What is Lee's plan, after Chancellorsville, for his troops?

8. What happens to Hancock's unit during the attack at Fredericksburg?

9. In what situation does Lee learn that Texas wants to secede from the union?

10. What causes Hancock to suffer defeat after he is promoted to command of a division mid-battle?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe at least 4 features of Robert E. Lee and how those features fulfill the traditional, literary requirements of a villain -- even though this novel is historical fiction.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss how the first 4 chapters of "Gods and Generals":

1) set the tone for the rest of the novel, and 2) introduce at least 1 key fact about Lee, Chamberlain, and Jackson that are important throughout the rest of the text. Make sure to use direct quotations and evidence from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Identify what you think is the tone for "Gods and Generals" and discuss 3 literary devices that Shaara uses to create this tone.

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