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. Why is Fremantle, the Englishman, in Longstreet's camp?

2. To whom does Buford send a message regarding the Rebel troops?

3. What is the first question Chamberlain has for the mutineers?

4. What disagreement does Buford encounter upon arriving at headquarters?

5. How do things change when Chamberlain and his men enter Pennsylvania?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the relationship between Lee and Longstreet in "Monday, June 29, 1863, Chapter 1, The Spy."

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

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

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

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

6. How would you characterize Lee's approach to civilians?

7. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 7, Buford," provides information on the dispute at Union headquarters. What is the nature of the controversy?

8. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 6, Lee," why is Trimble upset with Ewell?

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

10. Do you think Reynolds is a good commander? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One theme in The Killer Angels is bravery, whether in battle or of personal convictions. Discuss episodes of bravery in the novel and how those actions of bravery affected, or did not affect, the outcome of the battle.

Essay Topic 2

Naturally, the characters in The Killer Angels had lives before and outside of the war. Choose three of the following characters and describe what the author tells us about their lives outside of the army. How do these lives influence them as soldiers? Given what the reader is told of those lives, are any of their actions within the army surprising? Why or why not? Use the text to support your ideas.

1) Chamberlain

2) Longstreet

3) Pickett

4) Armistead

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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