Gods and Generals Test | Final 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 do the Union troops initially respond to the Confederate attack outside of Chancellorsville?

2. How many ways do Jackson and Lee split their army around Chancellorsville?

3. Who is left in charge of the Twentieth Maine when Colonel Ames is no longer available?

4. Through what does Jackson see General Howard during the initial attack outside of Chancellorsville?

5. What natural event seems like the only thing that will stop Jackson's advance at Chancellorsville?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Lee, physically, soon after the battle at Fredericksburg?

2. How has Hooker managed to surround Lee shortly after the battle at Fredericksburg?

3. What does Hancock think of the Confederates' strategy during the battle of Chancellorsville?

4. What happens at the scene of Jackson's death?

5. What do Hancock and General Sumner think of General Burnside's plans for attack near Fredericksburg?

6. What does Hooker do when he realizes he has surrounded Lee?

7. What does Hancock see when he turns around to look at his men as he reaches the crest of the hill at Fredericksburg?

8. How does Lee plan to destroy what is left of the Union army outside of Chancellorsville once the major fighting is over?

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

10. What report does Howard unwisely choose to ignore as he waits outside Chancellorsville?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe at least 4 ways that the novel is changed -- either positively or negatively -- by having such detailed battle scenes. Use specific examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Historical fiction, and "Gods and Generals" in particular, are an especially popular type of novel. Discuss at least 4 aspects of Shaara's writing style that resonates so strongly with such a large audience, citing specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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