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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 Longstreet stay up as late as possible?
(a) To explain strategy to Fremantle.
(b) To study the battle plans carefully.
(c) To avoid thinking about his children.
(d) To await orders from Lee.

2. Where is Buford's observation point at the start of the battle?
(a) From the base of the white angel
(b) From horseback on top of Cemetery Hill
(c) From a high tree
(d) From the cupola

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

4. What has happened to Heth?
(a) He has been killed.
(b) He has been captured by the enemy.
(c) His troops have been captured.
(d) He has been wounded in the head.

5. What continues to frustrate Lee as the battle progresses?
(a) The Union soldiers are inexplicably beating his men.
(b) His officers continue to refuse to follow orders.
(c) His health is slowing him down and taking away his concentration.
(d) He is still fighting "blind" without adequate information.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Armistead's friend in the Union army?

2. For what is Pickett notorious?

3. What compliment does Reynolds pay Buford?

4. What is Longstreet's opinion of the South's invasion of the North?

5. What song of Dan Butterfield's becomes well known?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In "Friday, July 3, 1863, Chapter 1, Chamberlain," what is ironic about where Chamberlain and his men are being sent?

3. Meade has been referred to many times throughout the novel, and is referred to again in "Friday, July 3,1863, Chapter 3, Chamberlain." What is your impression of him? Support your answer.

4. In "Friday, July 3,1863, Chapter 3, Chamberlain," the word "dreamyly" appears several times. Explain its significance.

5. In "Friday, July 3, 1863, Chapter 2, Longstreet," why does Longstreet say the assault will be especially hard on Armistead?

6. Why have the 120 men from the Second Maine mutinied?

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 1, Lee," what does Lee have to feel guilty about?

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

10. In "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 6, Lee," how does Stuart respond to Lee's reprimand? Do you think Lee is right to reprimand him rather than court martial him?

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