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 the topic of the passionate discussion between Kemper, Fremantle and the others?

2. What is Chamberlain told to do to the mutineers if they will not fight?

3. Which of these name is NOT used to refer to General Lee?

4. For whose soul does Lee pray ?

5. What had Heth been distinguished for the in old army?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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 5, Longstreet," Longstreet describes Jackson to Fremantle. How would you characterize Jackson?

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

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

6. 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?

7. In "Monday, June 29, 1863, Chapter 4, Longstreet," what is the difference between Fremantle's view of the war and Kemper's view of the war?

8. In "Monday, June 29, 1863, Chapter 3, Buford," why does Buford have any hope of holding out against such a large opponent?

9. Once the enemy starts running, in "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 3, Lee," what does Longstreet suggest? How does Lee respond?

10. In "Monday, June 29, 1863, Chapter 3, Buford," why does Buford have little faith that reinforcements will arrive in time?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

According to The Killer Angels, Robert E. Lee is perhaps the most-loved general on either side of the Civil War. Yet James Longstreet, his right-hand person, disagrees with him strongly on more than one occasion. Longstreet thinks that Lee should have court martialed Stuart for "joy riding" instead of gathering information on the Union army's movement, and Longstreet think Lee should take a defensive, rather than offensive, position at Gettysburg.

1) Discuss Lee's leadership of the Confederate army,

2) what his strengths and weaknesses were, and

3) how those strengths and weaknesses may have affected his soldiers and the outcome of the battle.

Use the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the significance of the novel's title. Be sure to include:

1) the origin of the phrase "Killer Angels"

2) the difference of opinion that Chamberlain has with both his father and Kilrain as to man's inherent qualities.

3) the ways that phrase could be interpreted in terms of the battle and in relation to people in general

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

The Killer Angels presents points of view from both sides of the Civil War. In stories like this, it might be easy to present one side as the heroes and the other side as the villains. Does the author do this? How does the author characterize the people involved in this battle? Did the author's portrayal of the characters change your opinion about the people involved in the Civil War? If so, how? If not, why not? Make sure to support your answer with the text.

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