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 had Heth been distinguished for the in old army?

2. How do Lee and Longstreet differ on battle strategy?

3. What had been Chamberlain's job before joining the army?

4. What does Longstreet think could lose the war?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 5, Longstreet," Longstreet describes Jackson to Fremantle. How would you characterize Jackson?

6. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 3, Lee," what doubts does Lee have about some of his men that he tries to quiet within himself? What might this demonstrate about Lee?

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

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

9. 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?

10. In "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day, Chapter 6, Lee," why is Trimble upset with Ewell?

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

Each of the section of The Killer Angels opens with a fragment from the song "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah."

1) What is the significance of these quoted fragments?

2) How do these fragments set up the action to follow?

3) Is the use of this song to frame the novel successful? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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