The Killer Angels Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of these is the prevailing opinion held by others about General Meade?

2. From what is the book's title derived?

3. What is Longstreet's opinion of the South's invasion of the North?

4. What message does Reynolds send to his commanders?

5. Which of these is NOT Fremantle's opinion of Lee?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Monday, June 29, 1863, Chapter 1, The Spy," why are Sorrel, Longstreet and Lee hesitant to believe the spy's information?

2. How do Longstreet and Lee differ in their strategies?

3. In "Monday, June 29, 1863, Chapter 1, The Spy," why does Lee think the change in Union command from Hooker to Meade is to the Confederates' advantage?

4. Based on his interaction with the mutineers, how would you characterize Chamberlain's leadership?

5. Why have the 120 men from the Second Maine mutinied?

6. In "Monday, June 29, 1863, Chapter 3, Buford," how does the setting foreshadow the upcoming battle?

7. What does the arrival of John Reynolds in "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 2, Buford" signify for Buford?

8. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 2, Buford," describe how the battle starts.

9. How would you characterize the friendship between Kilrain and Chamberlain?

10. Describe how Longstreet appears to other soldiers.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Civil War caused brother to fight brother and friend to fight friend. It was often difficult for people to choose a side because their loyalties to family or state were sometimes at odds with their convictions. In The Killer Angels, Lewis "Lo" Armistead finds himself on the opposite side of his good friend, Winfield Hancock, and Robert E. Lee is torn between his oath to serve the United States and his devotion to Virginia. George Pickett is a staunch Confederate, yet has great respect for Abraham Lincoln. With support from the text, discuss:

1) the internal conflicts that these or other characters struggled with in The Killer Angels

2) how the characters dealt with them

3) what effect these conflicts had on their already difficult lives as soldiers or leaders.

Explain how these internal struggles could be symbolic of the Civil War itself.

Essay Topic 2

In times of battle, we may learn things about ourselves that we did not know before. Some may find reserves of bravery that they had not experienced before while others may discover that convictions they have held fast to become shaky when tested. Using examples from The Killer Angels, discuss how Chamberlain and Lee learn more about themselves than they had known before the battle of Gettysburg. How did they come to this knowledge? How may the discovery of this knowledge have affected them beyond the war?

Essay Topic 3

The Killer Angels opens with a spy gathering information about the Union troops and bringing the information to Longstreet. Throughout the novel, communication of information plays a key role in how the battles are fought, whether it is the communication of orders, or information about a change in situation, or a lack of information about the terrain. Using specific examples from the text, describe how communication is carried out, how it affects the battle, and how various skirmishes or the battle as a whole might have had a different outcome if modern communication devices had been available.

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