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 is the situation when Reynolds arrives?

2. Where does Longstreet think Lee and his army should be instead of Chambersburg?

3. From what is the book's title derived?

4. What does Lee tell Taylor to do with the blind horse?

5. Who is described, upon his arrival, as looking "like a French king, all curls and feathers?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Once the enemy starts running, in "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 3, Lee," what does Longstreet suggest? How does Lee respond?

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

7. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 7, Buford," what do you think it symbolizes when Buford cannot find the white angel but sees instead the Rebel fires burning?

8. Describe George Pickett's appearance.

9. What does the arrival of John Reynolds in "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 2, Buford" signify for Buford?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Naturally, the characters in The Killer Angels had lives before and outside of the war. Choose three of the following characters and describe what the author tells us about their lives outside of the army. How do these lives influence them as soldiers? Given what the reader is told of those lives, are any of their actions within the army surprising? Why or why not? Use the text to support your ideas.

1) Chamberlain

2) Longstreet

3) Pickett

4) Armistead

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