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 profession had the spy had before that helps him in his current position?

2. What sight appears to Longstreet to look like masses of fat white spiders?

3. What had been Chamberlain's job before joining the army?

4. How does the battle continue without Reynolds?

5. What memory suddenly strikes Longstreet?

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

3. In "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 4, Chamberlain," what is the result of Vincent telling Chamberlain that his men cannot withdraw under any circumstances?

4. In "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 5, Longstreet," Longstreet several times has the urge to talk to Lee about his tactics, and about Stuart, and yet he suppresses the urge. Why? Do you think that is the right thing to do?

5. 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?

6. Earlier, in "The First Day, Chapter 4, Chamberlain," Chamberlain remembers Ames saying that to lead men, "You must care for your men's welfare. You must show physical courage." Do you think Chamberlain exemplifies these qualities? Explain, including reference to "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 4, Chamberlain,".

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

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

9. In "Friday, July 3,1863, Chapter 5, Longstreet," why does Longstreet think he can no longer lead? How does Lee respond?

10. In "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 5, Longstreet," how do Longstreet and Lee differ on their views of the day's battle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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