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 promotion does McClellan give Hancock when Hancock first arrives in Washington?

2. Where does Hancock's brigade unload as part of the army attacking Richmond?

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

4. Who does General Johnston resign to fight for?

5. What does Jackson do during John Brown's execution?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What kind of expectations are made clear when Lee is given command of Virginia's provisional army?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Chamberlain see when he returns to the hilltop where he was nearly killed in his first battle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe at least 4 features of Robert E. Lee and how those features fulfill the traditional, literary requirements of a villain -- even though this novel is historical fiction.

Essay Topic 2

In a well-written essay, discuss what function John Brown's story serves in the novel.

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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