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 profession had the spy had before that helps him in his current position?

2. What message does Reynolds send to his commanders?

3. Why does Lee depend on Longstreet?

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

5. What is the first question Chamberlain has for the mutineers?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Describe George Pickett's appearance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How would you characterize Buford as a soldier?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Civil War caused brother to fight brother and friend to fight friend. It was often difficult for people to choose a side because their loyalties to family or state were sometimes at odds with their convictions. In The Killer Angels, Lewis "Lo" Armistead finds himself on the opposite side of his good friend, Winfield Hancock, and Robert E. Lee is torn between his oath to serve the United States and his devotion to Virginia. George Pickett is a staunch Confederate, yet has great respect for Abraham Lincoln. With support from the text, discuss:

1) the internal conflicts that these or other characters struggled with in The Killer Angels

2) how the characters dealt with them

3) what effect these conflicts had on their already difficult lives as soldiers or leaders.

Explain how these internal struggles could be symbolic of the Civil War itself.

Essay Topic 2

According to The Killer Angels, Robert E. Lee is perhaps the most-loved general on either side of the Civil War. Yet James Longstreet, his right-hand person, disagrees with him strongly on more than one occasion. Longstreet thinks that Lee should have court martialed Stuart for "joy riding" instead of gathering information on the Union army's movement, and Longstreet think Lee should take a defensive, rather than offensive, position at Gettysburg.

1) Discuss Lee's leadership of the Confederate army,

2) what his strengths and weaknesses were, and

3) how those strengths and weaknesses may have affected his soldiers and the outcome of the battle.

Use the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

The Killer Angels is told from various characters' perspectives. This use of multiple perspectives helps give the reader a more well-rounded understanding of the people and events. Choose a character and "remove" it from the novel.

1) How would your understanding of the people or events change with the loss of that character?

2) If that character had not been involved in the battle, how might the battle have changed?

Support your ideas with citations from the text.

(see the answer keys)

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