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 does Fremantle think the war is really about?

2. On whose eagerness for battle is Lee depending?

3. What news does Tom bring Chamberlain?

4. Who does Lee blame for the attack's failure?

5. What is the outcome of Lee's discussion with Longstreet?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 5, Longstreet," how do Longstreet and Lee differ on their views of the day's battle?

2. 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.

3. In "Friday, July 3, 1863, Chapter 2, Longstreet," why does Longstreet say the assault will be especially hard on Armistead?

4. 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?

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

6. In "Friday, July 3, Chapter 4, Armistead," why does Garnett decide to go against orders and ride his horse into battle?

7. In "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 1, Fremantle," how is Hood described? What does Fremantle try to sense about Hood when he meets him?

8. In "Friday, July 3, 1863, Chapter 1, Chamberlain," what does Tom say about the bayonets?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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