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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Armistead say Lee will not use a defensive strategy?
(a) He is too proud.
(b) He does not think it is a sound strategy.
(c) He is too angry at the Union army to refrain from attacking.
(d) A defensive strategy has not worked to this time in American warfare.

2. Why is Reynolds no longer in command?
(a) His horse gets startled by the cannonfire and runs off with him.
(b) Gen. Meade has arrived and removed him from command.
(c) He has been killed.
(d) He has been severely injured and is taken to the hospital tent.

3. How does Lee calm his worries?
(a) He confers with Longstreet.
(b) He prays quickly.
(c) He breathes deeply.
(d) He takes a drink of whisky.

4. How do things change when Chamberlain and his men enter Pennsylvania?
(a) The weather improves.
(b) The civilians become more hostile.
(c) The weather gets worse.
(d) The civilians become much more friendly.

5. What shadow hangs over Dick Garnett?
(a) His brother is on the side of the enemy.
(b) Stonewall Jackson accuses him of cowardice.
(c) His father loses the family fortune through drink and gambling.
(d) Captured once, he gave away important information to the enemy.

6. What sight appears to Longstreet to look like masses of fat white spiders?
(a) Chewed bits of paper littering the road
(b) The tattered remnants of several brigades' flags
(c) Piles of severed limbs in the darkness
(d) The tents gathered on the low ground in front of him

7. How does Lee handle Ewell's failure?
(a) He makes no mention of it.
(b) He warns Ewell to be more decisive in the future or face court-martial.
(c) He tells Ewell he is very disappointed in him and relieves him of his command.
(d) He tells Ewell he won a victory, though it might have been a greater victory.

8. What does Longstreet think could lose the war?
(a) Dishonesty
(b) Cowardice
(c) Honor
(d) Loyalty

9. What happens just before dawn when the battle is about to begin?
(a) The moon sets in a reddish haze.
(b) A misty rain begins to fall.
(c) Lightning strikes a tree on a hill.
(d) There is a shower of shooting stars.

10. What is described as "that ripply sound that raised the hair, that high thin scream from far away... terrible, inhuman"?
(a) The scream of wounded men
(b) The Rebel yell
(c) The scream of wounded horses
(d) The scream of incoming cannon fire

11. What kind of relationship do Lee and Longstreet have?
(a) They used to be very close until they had a disagreement over strategy.
(b) Lee admires Longstreet but Longstreet thinks Lee is too old for the job.
(c) They are very close although Lee is very formal and Longstreet doesn't speak much.
(d) Longstreet is Lee's son-in-law.

12. What had been Chamberlain's job before joining the army?
(a) Carpenter
(b) Lawyer
(c) Professor
(d) Shopkeeper

13. What does Corse find out about the young woman Buford has seen in town?
(a) She is a Southern sympathizer.
(b) Her husband is a prisoner in a Southern camp.
(c) She is a widow.
(d) Her husband is an undertaker.

14. What does Lee want Longstreet to do in battle?
(a) Lead his men from the cupola.
(b) Be responsible for keeping Lee updated on the battle's progression.
(c) Be at the front of the charge.
(d) Stay out of harm's way.

15. What is the situation when Reynolds arrives?
(a) Buford's troops are soundly beating the Rebels.
(b) The Rebels have taken over Buford's headquarters.
(c) Buford's troops are holding, but barely.
(d) Buford has given up command to a junior officer.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is described, upon his arrival, as looking "like a French king, all curls and feathers?"

2. To whom does Buford send a message regarding the Rebel troops?

3. Why is Fremantle, the Englishman, in Longstreet's camp?

4. How does Ewell appear to Lee?

5. What compliment does Reynolds pay Buford?

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