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

2. Where is the Union trying to bring troops in from before the Second Battle of Bull Run?

3. Why does Johnston come to Los Angeles when Hancock and Armistead are still there?

4. What provides McClellan with yet another excuse to keep his troops stationary after Lee retreats?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens when Lee's horse spooks after the Second Battle of Bull Run?

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

5. What does Armistead tell Hancock at Mina's party?

6. What leads President Davis to relieve Johnston from his command?

7. Why is Lee initially disappointed with his promotion to Brigadier General?

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

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

10. Where is Lee's family estate located?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Compare and contrast 2 characters of your choosing from the "Gods and Generals," making sure to use direct evidence and examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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