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. Who is Chamberlain surprised to see when he sets up camp with his new regiment?

2. Where is Bowdoin College located?

3. How does Lee finally find out about how the Battle of Bull Run went?

4. What does Houston tell Lee when they first meet?

5. What does Hancock expect to be ordered to do after he is promoted to command of a division?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens during the time when General Scott offers Lee the chance to be second in command of the union army and when Lee chooses to resign?

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

3. What causes Hancock to suffer defeat after he is promoted to command of a division mid-battle?

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

5. What advice does Jackson's pastor give him for dealing with the death of his newborn daughter?

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

7. Where is Lee's family estate located?

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

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

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

Describe at least 3 negative aspects of having both the South and the North's viewpoint represented in "Gods and Generals" AND at least 3 positive aspects of having both the South and the North's viewpoint represented.

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

Write a well-reasoned argument discussing whether or not Hancock is a good role model for young readers.

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