The Killer Angels Test | Final Test - Hard

Michael Shaara
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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 keeps Armistead going?

2. Who do Hood's officers blame for their loss?

3. What strange action does Chamberlain take under gunfire?

4. What does Marshall request of Longstreet?

5. What does Col. Vincent tell Chamberlain he must do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In "Friday, July 3, 1863, Chapter 1, Chamberlain," what is ironic about where Chamberlain and his men are being sent?

3. In "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 4, Chamberlain," what is the result of Vincent telling Chamberlain that his men cannot withdraw under any circumstances?

4. Earlier, in "The First Day, Chapter 4, Chamberlain," Chamberlain remembers Ames saying that to lead men, "You must care for your men's welfare. You must show physical courage." Do you think Chamberlain exemplifies these qualities? Explain, including reference to "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 4, Chamberlain,".

5. In "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 3, Longstreet," what does Hood want Longstreet to give him permission to do? What is Longstreet's response? What do you think the outcome of that decision will be?

6. Meade has been referred to many times throughout the novel, and is referred to again in "Friday, July 3,1863, Chapter 3, Chamberlain." What is your impression of him? Support your answer.

7. In "Friday, July 3,1863, Chapter 4, Armistead," what are Armistead's dying thoughts?

8. In "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 2, Chamberlain," what does Kilrain think the war is about?

9. In "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 6, Lee," why does Lee think the choice of Ewell as a commander of a corps is a mistake?

10. How does Pickett's mood in "Friday, July 3,1863, Chapter 5, Longstreet," contrast with his mood in "Friday, July 3,1863, Chapter 2, Longstreet?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the significance of the novel's title. Be sure to include:

1) the origin of the phrase "Killer Angels"

2) the difference of opinion that Chamberlain has with both his father and Kilrain as to man's inherent qualities.

3) the ways that phrase could be interpreted in terms of the battle and in relation to people in general

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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