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

2. Buford looks for ___________.
(a) Additional ammunition
(b) Relief from his command
(c) Food for his men
(d) Orders

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

4. What is Longstreet's opinion of the South's invasion of the North?
(a) Should not take the offense when the enemy outnumbers you.
(b) Was absolutely necessary.
(c) Should have happened much earlier.
(d) Will be difficult, but the South will eventually succeed.

5. Once the Union soldiers start retreating, what is Lee's goal?
(a) To keep pushing to capture the hill.
(b) To go after the Union commanders to create fear in the infantry.
(c) To fall back to a stronghold outside of Gettysburg.
(d) To force the Union out of Gettysburg entirely.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Chamberlain get the mutineers' attention?

2. From what is the book's title derived?

3. What rumor circulates among the men to help boost morale?

4. Who has been given command of the Union Army?

5. What compliment does Reynolds pay Buford?

Short Essay Questions

1. Based on his interaction with the mutineers, how would you characterize Chamberlain's leadership?

2. Do you think Reynolds is a good commander? Why or why not?

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

4. Why is Lee so concerned about Longstreet's well-being?

5. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 7, Buford," what do you think it symbolizes when Buford cannot find the white angel but sees instead the Rebel fires burning?

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

7. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 5, Longstreet," what does Fremantle say about Lee? How are Fremantle and Lee similar in their approach to warfare?

8. In "Monday, June 29, 1863, Chapter 4, Longstreet," what does Longstreet's lack of interest in poker represent?

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

10. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 3, Lee," what doubts does Lee have about some of his men that he tries to quiet within himself? What might this demonstrate about Lee?

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