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 long does McClellan keep his army inactive after Lee's retreat?

2. What is Hancock in charge of when he is first introduced in the novel?

3. What does Major Armistead ask in a message to Hancock after Hancock meets with Hamilton?

4. What happens to Johnston before he loses command of the army?

5. After Chamberlain's first battle, when does Lee's army withdraw?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Where is Lee's family estate located?

8. How do Hancock and his men end up attacking Richmond?

9. What ends up happening to John Brown after his insurrection?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze at least 3 literary techniques Shaara uses to make one character of your choosing from "Gods and Generals" very likable OR very unlikable to the reader.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast 2 female characters from "Gods and Generals" and discuss what they contribute and/or take away from the text, given that, at this time, war and government was reserved primarily for men.

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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