The Killer Angels Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. From what is the book's title derived?

2. Why does Buford pause when writing for help?

3. To whom does Buford once more send a message?

4. Buford is in need of more _____________.

5. How does Chamberlain get the mutineers' attention?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why have the 120 men from the Second Maine mutinied?

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

4. In "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 1, Fremantle," describe Fremantle's thoughts toward the Southerners.

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

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

7. 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?

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

10. How would you characterize the friendship between Kilrain and Chamberlain?

Essay 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

One theme in The Killer Angels is friendship, whether it is friendship that grows out of fighting together or friendships that are tested by the war. Choose two of the following three pairs and discuss how their friendship is portrayed in the novel and what affect it had on their lives in the war.

1) Chamberlain and Kilrain

2) Armistead and Hancock

3) Lee and Longstreet

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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