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 Major Armistead ask in a message to Hancock after Hancock meets with Hamilton?

2. How many troops does McClellan tell Hancock Lincoln has called for as the war begins?

3. What tragedy has just befallen Jackson when the novel opens?

4. Who travels with Lee en route to meet up with Jackson before the Second Battle of Bull Run?

5. Who is General John Pope?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What wounds and treatment does Jackson receive during the battle at Chancellorsville?

3. What does Hancock think of the Confederates' strategy during the battle of Chancellorsville?

4. What do Hancock and General Sumner think of General Burnside's plans for attack near Fredericksburg?

5. What dumb mistake does Chamberlain make that nearly gets him killed during his first battle?

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

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

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

9. What happens after Lincoln comes to visit McClellan on the battlefield?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Historical fiction, and "Gods and Generals" in particular, are an especially popular type of novel. Discuss at least 4 aspects of Shaara's writing style that resonates so strongly with such a large audience, citing specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Present a well-reasoned paper arguing whether the reader is supposed to find Lee a likable (patriotic, dedicated, intelligent) character OR an unlikable (fighting for slavery, morose, rigid) character. Make sure to use specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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