Gods and Generals Test | 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. How does Johnston wish to defend Richmond when it comes under attack from the Union?

2. What does one of Lee's freed slaves request?

3. How are Lee's hands injured?

4. After he is put in command of the Confederate Army, who does Lee put in charge of his two corps?

5. Who finally relieves McClellan of command for the last time?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Chamberlain and Sergeant Kilrain discuss during their first march to Washington?

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

3. Why is the Confederacy energized by the Battle of Bull Run?

4. Who is Mr. Hamilton?

5. What responsibility does Lee give Jackson when Jackson comes to him seeking an assignment in Virginia's forces?

6. How do the leaders of Bowdoin College respond to Chamberlain's speech to his students about joining the war?

7. What has the Union Army done during its first attack on Richmond?

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

9. How does Chamberlain's wife respond to the news that he has joined the army?

10. Why is Colonel Ames's message from McClellan about how victorious their battle is received poorly?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Describe at least 4 ways that the novel is changed -- either positively or negatively -- by having such detailed battle scenes. Use specific examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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