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

2. What order does Lee give to Ewell?

3. What is the difficulty Lee's army has with being in Pennsylvania?

4. How does Chamberlain say this war is different from other wars?

5. Why does Lee think there is an opportunity here?

Short Essay Questions

1. How would you characterize Buford as a soldier?

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

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

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

5. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 6, Lee," how is Ewell described? What kind of commander do you think he is?

6. In "Monday, June 29, 1863, Chapter 1, The Spy," why does Lee think the change in Union command from Hooker to Meade is to the Confederates' advantage?

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

8. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 5, Longstreet," what does Fremantle say about Lee? How are Fremantle and Lee similar in their approach to warfare?

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

10. Describe George Pickett's appearance.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Choose a character from The Killer Angels that you particularly identify with or admire. Using specific citations from the text to support your ideas.

1) Explain why you identify with or admire that character.

2) Describe how that character represents your personal beliefs.

(see the answer keys)

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