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. When does "Gods and Generals" begin?

2. What tragedy has just befallen Jackson when the novel opens?

3. Where is Hancock posted when he is first introduced in the novel?

4. What does Johnston cut off to Richmond during the first battle for control over the city?

5. Where is Bowdoin College located?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the Secretary of War order Lee to do after he summons him?

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

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

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

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

8. Where is Lee's family estate located?

9. Why do Dr. Junkin and Jackson disagree about the forthcoming civil war?

10. How does Jackson win the Second Battle of Bull Run?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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