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 is described as "that ripply sound that raised the hair, that high thin scream from far away... terrible, inhuman"?

2. Which of these does Lee think will NOT be an issue with Meade?

3. Who has been given command of the Union Army?

4. What does Lee hear as he and Longstreet begin to ride?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How would you characterize Buford as a soldier?

6. Describe how Longstreet appears to other soldiers.

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

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

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

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

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

In any battle, the landscape on which it is fought plays a major role. How does the landscape around Gettysburg affect the battle? What were the advantages and challenges to that landscape and how does each side make the most of the advantages or try to overcome the challenges?

Essay Topic 3

Each of the section of The Killer Angels opens with a fragment from the song "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah."

1) What is the significance of these quoted fragments?

2) How do these fragments set up the action to follow?

3) Is the use of this song to frame the novel successful? Why or why not?

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