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. What response do Ewell and Early have to Longstreet's idea of moving the troops in between Meade and Washington?

2. What news does Trimble bring to Lee?

3. What does Kilrain say Chamberlain should tell the mutineers?

4. What is the situation when Reynolds arrives?

5. Why does Gibbon not want Buford to go into headquarters?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 1, Lee," what does Lee have to feel guilty about?

2. Describe George Pickett's appearance.

3. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 6, Lee," how is Ewell described? What kind of commander do you think he is?

4. How do you think the title of the book fits the story? Explain.

5. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 3, Lee," what doubts does Lee have about some of his men that he tries to quiet within himself? What might this demonstrate about Lee?

6. Describe how Longstreet appears to other soldiers.

7. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 5, Longstreet," Longstreet describes Jackson to Fremantle. How would you characterize Jackson?

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

9. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 3, Lee," why does Lee think "God has decreed a fight here?"

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Some mention is made of the foreign soldiers traveling with the Confederacy. Fremantle, an English soldier, often has conversations with Longstreet and the other soldiers. Although the British are against slavery as Fremantle is, he identifies more with the Southern fighters. Why? What is the basis for his opinion of them? What role, if any, does he play in the army? Use the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

There are several minor characters that appear throughout The Killer Angels, with varying degrees of influence on the action or on other characters. Choose three of the following minor characters and describe how the author characterizes them, and what influence they have on either other characters or the action of the novel.

1) Tom Chamberlain

2) Kilrain

3) John Buford

4) Jubal Early

5) J.E.B. Stuart

Essay Topic 3

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?

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