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. Who arrives at headquarters?

2. What is Buford's main concern?

3. What catches Buford's eye in the cemetery?

4. What is Lee waiting for at the end of the chapter?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe the situation at the end of "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 3, Lee."

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

7. How would you characterize Buford as a soldier?

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

9. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 3, Lee," why does Lee think "God has decreed a fight here?"

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several minor characters that appear throughout The Killer Angels, with varying degrees of influence on the action or on other characters. Choose three of the following minor characters and describe how the author characterizes them, and what influence they have on either other characters or the action of the novel.

1) Tom Chamberlain

2) Kilrain

3) John Buford

4) Jubal Early

5) J.E.B. Stuart

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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