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 did the mutineers mutiny?

2. Who is Armistead's friend in the Union army?

3. Why does Armistead say Lee will not use a defensive strategy?

4. How does it seem to Lee that the battle is progressing, as first Rodes and then Early engage in battle?

5. What information does the spy have about Stuart?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Monday, June 29, 1863, Chapter 1, The Spy," what is the mood of the Confederate army? Of the Union army?

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

3. 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?

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

5. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 4, Chamberlain," what is the significance of Dan Butterfield?

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

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

8. Describe how Longstreet appears to other soldiers.

9. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 7, Buford," what do you think it symbolizes when Buford cannot find the white angel but sees instead the Rebel fires burning?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author of The Killer Angels changes his writing style several times throughout the novel.

1) Describe how the style changes from passage to passage. Cite specific examples.

2) How do these changes in style affect the reader's understanding of the events or the characters?

3) Is this change in style successful or distracting?

Support your answers by citing specific examples within the text.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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