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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. When the South seceded, why did Lee give up his position in the U.S. military?
(a) His wife asked him to.
(b) He could not fight against his own people.
(c) He believed strongly in the cause of the South.
(d) He was about to be removed from power anyway.

2. Where is Chamberlain's regiment sent?
(a) To the center of the line
(b) To the right end of the line
(c) Back to the left, where they had been
(d) Off the battlefield entirely, to rest

3. What is Armistead's fear at the end?
(a) That he will lose honor for not having accomplished his task.
(b) That he will die without seeing Hancock.
(c) That he will be punished eternally for his part in this war.
(d) That Mira Hancock will get receive word that both Armistead and Hancock have been killed.

4. How does Pickett respond to his orders?
(a) Soberly and somberly
(b) With some hesitation
(c) With excitement, but some doubts
(d) With great enthusiasm

5. What does Chamberlain decide to do when his men run out of ammunition?
(a) Ride to Col. Vincent to request more ammunition.
(b) Fix bayonets and charge.
(c) Move his men to the right to join other troops.
(d) Show a white flag and surrender.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Lee generally handle a battle?

2. What does Chamberlain think about the ground they're holding?

3. What surprises Chamberlain about his interaction with the escaped slave?

4. What makes the Confederate troops turn back as they start to retreat?

5. What prediction does Hancock make about the Rebels?

Short Essay Questions

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

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 6, Lee," how does Stuart respond to Lee's reprimand? Do you think Lee is right to reprimand him rather than court martial him?

4. In "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 1, Fremantle," describe Fremantle's thoughts toward the Southerners.

5. In "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 1, Fremantle," how is Hood described? What does Fremantle try to sense about Hood when he meets him?

6. 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,".

7. In "Friday, July 3, 1863, Chapter 2, Longstreet," compare and contrast Pickett's anticipation of battle with Longstreet's.

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

9. In "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 5, Longstreet," how do Longstreet and Lee differ on their views of the day's battle?

10. In "Friday, July 3, Chapter 4, Armistead," why does Garnett decide to go against orders and ride his horse into battle?

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