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. Who comes to visit Jackson as he is recovering from his war wounds?

2. What happens to the war in VIrginia after the battle at Fredericksburg?

3. What slows Hancock's men's advancement toward Fredericksburg?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Hancock react when he learns that the men have been ordered to retreat from their attack around Chancellorsville?

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

5. What wounds and treatment does Jackson receive during the battle at Chancellorsville?

6. What happens to Hancock's unit during the attack at Fredericksburg?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss at least 3 ways that the violence and/or battle scenes in "Gods and Generals" are gratuitously violent and why such violence takes away from the plot and/or rest of the text.

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

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.

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