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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 difficulty faces Longstreet?
(a) His horse lames himself, and Longstreet has to find another one.
(b) His men lose confidence in his leadership and refuse to fight.
(c) He cannot focus on the battle because he keeps thinking about his dead children.
(d) Not knowing the area well, he's forced to turn his troops around and lead a counter-march.

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

3. What does Pitzer tell Chamberlain about Meade?
(a) He is issuing new orders.
(b) He had wanted to retreat.
(c) He is resigning his position.
(d) He is the bravest man Pitzer had ever seen.

4. Which of these is NOT a reason Longstreet gives for why Meade will not attack?
(a) He will be reluctant to move without his full force.
(b) He is General Meade.
(c) He has just arrived on the field and will not understand the position.
(d) He will have orders from Washington not to attack.

5. What strange action does Chamberlain take under gunfire?
(a) He falls asleep.
(b) He runs to the rear.
(c) He charges on horseback, alone.
(d) He sends Tom to the front line.

Short Answer Questions

1. What question continues to occasionally plague Chamberlain?

2. Why won't Longstreet send support to Pickett when he asks for it?

3. What is Armistead's fear at the end?

4. What misconception, in Longstreet's opinion, does Fremantle have of Lee?

5. What does Fremantle think the war is really about?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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.

5. 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?

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

7. In "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 2, Chamberlain," what does Kilrain think the war is about?

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

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

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