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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 Sykes want to see Chamberlain?
(a) To inquire after his casualties.
(b) To compliment him on his leadership the day before.
(c) To promote him to a new command.
(d) To make sure he and his men had enough food.

2. What news does Tom bring Chamberlain?
(a) Meade wants to see him.
(b) The rations can't get through.
(c) Kilrain has died.
(d) The hospital has been shut down.

3. What news about Gen. Ewell does Venable bring to Lee?
(a) Ewell and Early have had a disagreement and there is talk of a duel.
(b) Ewell has been taken sick and can no longer serve.
(c) Ewell is not in command but is deferring to Early.
(d) Ewell has regained control and is gathering his men together.

4. What does the Baptist minister say to Chamberlain about slavery?
(a) Chamberlain cannot understand it because he has never lived with the black man.
(b) There is nothing wrong with it provided the master treats the slave well.
(c) It is the mark of a doomed society.
(d) It is wrong according to the Bible and every man should fight it.

5. What does Armistead want Pickett to do about Garnett?
(a) Force him to go to the hospital tent.
(b) Give him his own horse to ride.
(c) Order him not to make the charge.
(d) Detail an aide to him to help him walk.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the battle go for the Confederates?

2. What does Chamberlain think will happen if the South wins?

3. Which of these is NOT something Chamberlain thinks about his men?

4. How does Armistead get his men's attention when he goes to help Kemper?

5. Whose advice has Lee taken regarding strategy?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 5, Longstreet," Longstreet several times has the urge to talk to Lee about his tactics, and about Stuart, and yet he suppresses the urge. Why? Do you think that is the right thing to do?

3. In "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 2, Chamberlain," what does Chamberlain's encounter with the escaped slave reveal to him?

4. Earlier, in "The First Day, Chapter 4, Chamberlain," Chamberlain remembers Ames saying that to lead men, "You must care for your men's welfare. You must show physical courage." Do you think Chamberlain exemplifies these qualities? Explain, including reference to "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 4, Chamberlain,".

5. In "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 6, Lee," why does Lee think the choice of Ewell as a commander of a corps is a mistake?

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

7. In "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 4, Chamberlain," what is the result of Vincent telling Chamberlain that his men cannot withdraw under any circumstances?

8. How does Pickett's mood in "Friday, July 3,1863, Chapter 5, Longstreet," contrast with his mood in "Friday, July 3,1863, Chapter 2, Longstreet?"

9. In "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 3, Longstreet," what does Hood want Longstreet to give him permission to do? What is Longstreet's response? What do you think the outcome of that decision will be?

10. In "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 3, Longstreet," what difficulty arises for Longstreet that results in the attack not being effective?

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