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 is Hancock told will happen if Lincoln wins the election?

2. Who is Lieutenant Walter Taylor?

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

4. Where is Chamberlain hunting when the novel opens up?

5. Where is Chamberlain's regiment sent after Washington?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does General Barksdale defend the town of Fredericksburg itself?

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

5. Why does Burnside's attempt at redemption after Fredericksburg fail?

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

7. What does Hancock come to realize about the battle at Chancellorsville?

8. How successful is Chamberlain during his hunting trip when he is first introduced in the text?

9. What do Chamberlain and Sergeant Kilrain discuss during their first march to Washington?

10. Why does the person in command change twice for the Confederates during the battle at Chancellorsville?

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

Choose one female character in the novel and describe at least 3 things that Shaara is able to do with her character because she is a woman AND at least 3 things he is not able to do with her because she is a woman.

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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