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. Where does Lee first meet with the governor of Virginia?

2. What does Hancock tell his men to do when they (appear to) retreat from their attack on Richmond?

3. What does Lee have to do after he transitions Virginia's forces into the main army?

4. Where are Jackson and his men posted when Richmond comes under attack in the early part of the war?

5. Who is General John Pope?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens to Lee and Longstreet on their way to meet up with Jackson before the Second Battle of Bull Run?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Where is Lee's family estate located?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Discuss at least 4 aspects of "Gods and Generals" that can easily be carried over into a second novel chronicling the main characters' involvement in the Civil War.

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