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. For whose soul does Lee pray ?

2. Why does Longstreet stay up as late as possible?

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

4. What does Longstreet think could lose the war?

5. Which of these is NOT a way Lee thinks of Reynolds?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 2, Chamberlain," what does Chamberlain's encounter with the escaped slave reveal to him?

3. How would you characterize Buford as a soldier?

4. In "Friday, July 3,1863, Chapter 4, Armistead," what are Armistead's dying thoughts?

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

6. In "Friday, July 3, 1863, Chapter 6, Chamberlain," Chamberlain is once again surprised at his reaction to a situation. What surprises him about his reaction to the battle?

7. Why is Lee so concerned about Longstreet's well-being?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

The Killer Angels opens with a spy gathering information about the Union troops and bringing the information to Longstreet. Throughout the novel, communication of information plays a key role in how the battles are fought, whether it is the communication of orders, or information about a change in situation, or a lack of information about the terrain. Using specific examples from the text, describe how communication is carried out, how it affects the battle, and how various skirmishes or the battle as a whole might have had a different outcome if modern communication devices had been available.

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