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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. Which of these is NOT a description of Stonewall Jackson as given by Longstreet to Fremantle?
(a) He loved to chew lemons.
(b) He was compassionate toward his enemies.
(c) He went around with his finger in the air.
(d) He did not eat pepper.

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

3. What disagreement does Buford encounter upon arriving at headquarters?
(a) Which general is in command, Howard or Hancock.
(b) Who is responsible for the day's success.
(c) What should be done with captured deserters.
(d) Who is the better man, Lee or Meade.

4. For whose soul does Lee pray ?
(a) Stonewall Jackson's
(b) His own
(c) Rooney Lee's
(d) John Reynolds'

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where does Longstreet think Lee and his army should be instead of Chambersburg?

3. How does it seem to Lee that the battle is progressing, as first Rodes and then Early engage in battle?

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

5. What message does Reynolds send to his commanders?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How do Longstreet and Lee differ in their strategies?

4. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 6, Lee," why is Trimble upset with Ewell?

5. In "Monday, June 29, 1863, Chapter 1, The Spy," why does Lee think the change in Union command from Hooker to Meade is to the Confederates' advantage?

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

7. In "Monday, June 29, 1863, Chapter 1, The Spy," why are Sorrel, Longstreet and Lee hesitant to believe the spy's information?

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

9. 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?

10. Describe the situation at the end of "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 3, Lee."

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