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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 question continues to occasionally plague Chamberlain?
(a) What is more important, his duty to his men or his duty to his country?
(b) How could one man take up arms against another?
(c) What is this war really about?
(d) What if it is he who is wrong?

2. Who does Lee blame for the attack's failure?
(a) Longstreet
(b) Pickett
(c) Himself
(d) Ewell

3. On whose eagerness for battle is Lee depending?
(a) Ewell and Early
(b) McLaws and Hood
(c) Longstreet and Rodes
(d) Stuart and Pickett

4. What strategy does Lee decide is the best course of action?
(a) Attack on the right as Longstreet suggested.
(b) Attack on the left where the enemy has already been weakened.
(c) Attack at the center and split the line in two.
(d) Withdraw to higher ground and try to draw the enemy out in the open.

5. What does Longstreet think will be the outcome of this battle?
(a) The South will eventually lose the war.
(b) The South will come back to win more important battles.
(c) The North will have suffered too many casualties to finish the war.
(d) The surviving soldiers will draw more troops to them with their stories of courage.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In Chamberlain's mind, what takes away from the perfection of the fight?

3. How does Lee generally handle a battle?

4. What action does Chamberlain take that haunts him afterward?

5. What prediction does Hancock make about the Rebels?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. In "Friday, July 3, 1863, Chapter 1, Chamberlain," what does Tom say about the bayonets?

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

5. 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?"

6. 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?

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

8. 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.

9. 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?

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

(see the answer keys)

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