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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 keeps Armistead going?
(a) His belief that the attack will be a success.
(b) His fear of being labeled a coward.
(c) His desire to see his wife again.
(d) His love for his home and his country.

2. How is Pettigrew of the Confederates like Chamberlain of the Union?
(a) They are both from Maine.
(b) They both are 34 years old.
(c) They both have a brother serving under them.
(d) They are both intellectuals.

3. What does Tom say about the battle the day before?
(a) Many of the men cannot bring themselves to use the bayonets.
(b) He had no time to be afraid during the battle.
(c) The bayonets are very effective -- he saw lots of men killed by them.
(d) Chamberlain should have given a different command.

4. What surprises Chamberlain about his interaction with the escaped slave?
(a) His own feelings of revulsion
(b) The similarity between them
(c) The instant feeling of brotherhood
(d) The slave's articulateness

5. How does Lee think one wins victories?
(a) By knowing when to attack and when to retreat.
(b) By knowing one's enemy better than one's friends.
(c) By attacking with courage and with faith.
(d) By coming up with clever strategies.

Short Answer Questions

1. What difficulty faces Longstreet?

2. When the South seceded, why did Lee give up his position in the U.S. military?

3. What concerns Armistead about this battle?

4. How does Lee generally handle a battle?

5. What prediction does Hancock make about the Rebels?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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,".

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

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

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

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

6. In "Friday, July 3,1863, Chapter 5, Longstreet," why does Longstreet think he can no longer lead? How does Lee respond?

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

8. In "Friday, July 3,1863, Chapter 4, Armistead," what are Armistead's dying thoughts?

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. 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?"

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