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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Buford pause when writing for help?
(a) He does not want his superiors to think he cannot handle the battle.
(b) He has written for help before and it has never come.
(c) He has an argument with his superior and does not want to apologize.
(d) He has to think up a code in case the enemy got hold of the message.

2. What is Lee waiting for at the end of the chapter?
(a) Ewell's attack on the hill
(b) Much needed medication for his heart condition
(c) A message of surrender from the Union command
(d) Longstreet's spy to bring him new information

3. Why doesn't Lee believe there are Union cavalry in Gettysburg?
(a) The Union army has lost so many of its horses, it can no longer support a cavalry.
(b) Cavalry travels behind infantry, not in front of it.
(c) Gettysburg is known to be sympathetic with the Southern cause.
(d) He believes Stuart would have told him if the cavalry were arriving there.

4. Why does Gibbon not want Buford to go into headquarters?
(a) There is a fist fight underway inside.
(b) Howard has a complaint against him.
(c) There is a private discussion going on.
(d) It's too crowded already.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What disagreement does Buford encounter upon arriving at headquarters?

2. Buford looks for ___________.

3. What does Buford conclude when the Rebel troops pull back?

4. Whose presence does Lee feel during his meeting with Ewell, Early and Rodes?

5. What memory does Chamberlain have of his brother, Tom, in childhood?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 7, Buford," provides information on the dispute at Union headquarters. What is the nature of the controversy?

2. How would you characterize Buford as a soldier?

3. Describe the relationship between Lee and Longstreet in "Monday, June 29, 1863, Chapter 1, The Spy."

4. In "Monday, June 29, 1863, Chapter 3, Buford," why does Buford have any hope of holding out against such a large opponent?

5. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 2, Buford," why does Buford go from grinning and a sense of confidence to concern and weariness?

6. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 3, Lee," why does Lee think "God has decreed a fight here?"

7. Describe George Pickett's appearance.

8. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 2, Buford," describe how the battle starts.

9. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 5, Longstreet," Longstreet describes Jackson to Fremantle. How would you characterize Jackson?

10. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 1, Lee," what does Lee have to feel guilty about?

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