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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. How does Chamberlain feel about Bowdoin's students volunteering to fight in the war?

2. Who is Jefferson Davis?

3. How long does it take Lee and his army to defeat the army that threatened Richmond from the east?

4. What does Hancock tell his men to do when they (appear to) retreat from their attack on Richmond?

5. Where does Hancock's brigade unload as part of the army attacking Richmond?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Hancock and his men end up attacking Richmond?

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

3. How did Lee win the first battle over Richmond?

4. How successful is Chamberlain during his hunting trip when he is first introduced in the text?

5. How does Jackson respond to his students' questions during his lectures when he is first introduced in the novel?

6. What will the Union troops have to do in order to attack the Confederates near Fredericksburg?

7. Why is the information A.P. Hill tells Jackson about the swampland at the battle of Fredericksburg significant?

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

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

10. What happens to Lee's belongings while he is in Texas after the election?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss at least 3 ways that the violence and/or battle scenes in "Gods and Generals" are gratuitously violent and why such violence takes away from the plot and/or rest of the text.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss at least 3 challenges an author like Shaara faces when writing historical fiction. Make sure to use at least 3 examples from "Gods and Generals" to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast 2 female characters from "Gods and Generals" and discuss what they contribute and/or take away from the text, given that, at this time, war and government was reserved primarily for men.

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