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 promotion does McClellan give Hancock when Hancock first arrives in Washington?

2. Where does Hancock wait so long to get orders from during his time in Los Angeles?

3. In the first battle over Richmond, how many men does Jackson have?

4. What has left Lee's wife crippled?

5. Who visits McClellan has he and his troops stay put after Lee retreats?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why do both the northern and southern armies take a break from fighting after the Battle of Bull Run?

5. What happens at Mina's party?

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

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

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

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

10. What tension exists in California (in addition to the possibility of civil war) when Hancock is introduced into the text?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss at least 3 reasons why "Gods and Generals" could be classified in a genre other than historical fiction, making sure to use specific examples from the text 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

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.

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