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 does Lee think will NOT be an issue with Meade?

2. What decision does Longstreet make after hearing the spy's information?

3. Why does Lee depend on Longstreet?

4. What disagreement does Buford encounter upon arriving at headquarters?

5. Buford is in need of more _____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Compare and contrast Chamberlain and Kilrain as described in "Monday, June 29, 1863, Chapter 2, Chamberlain."

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

7. Describe the relationship between Lee and Longstreet in "Monday, June 29, 1863, Chapter 1, The Spy."

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

George Pickett is very eager for battle. When he got his orders for charging the center of the Union line, he could barely rein in his anticipation.

1) How is George Pickett generally characterized throughout the novel? Draw from the text.

2) Describe his actions leading up to the final battle, and what his mindset seems to be before the charge begins.

3) Describe his attitude and mindset after the battle.

4) Do you think his initial anticipation would have been different if he had known the outcome ahead of time? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Although General Lee plays a large role in The Killer Angels, General Meade of the Union army seems to play a rather minor role. Drawing from the text, what are the opinions of both the Union soldiers and the Confederate soldiers regarding General Meade? Were those opinions justified given General Meade's actions relating to the battle? How much of an influence did General Meade have on the outcome of the battle?

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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