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. Whose advice has Lee taken regarding strategy?

2. When the South seceded, why did Lee give up his position in the U.S. military?

3. What does Pitzer tell Chamberlain about Meade?

4. How does Lee think one wins victories?

5. What is Stuart's initial response when Lee tells him there are officers who want Stuart court-martialed?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Friday, July 3,1863, Chapter 5, Longstreet," why does Longstreet think he can no longer lead? How does Lee respond?

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

3. In "Friday, July 3, 1863, Chapter 2, Longstreet," compare and contrast Pickett's anticipation of battle with Longstreet's.

4. In "Friday, July 3,1863, Chapter 3, Chamberlain," the word "dreamyly" appears several times. Explain its significance.

5. In "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 5, Longstreet," Longstreet several times has the urge to talk to Lee about his tactics, and about Stuart, and yet he suppresses the urge. Why? Do you think that is the right thing to do?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

In any battle, the landscape on which it is fought plays a major role. How does the landscape around Gettysburg affect the battle? What were the advantages and challenges to that landscape and how does each side make the most of the advantages or try to overcome the challenges?

Essay Topic 3

The Killer Angels opens with a spy gathering information about the Union troops and bringing the information to Longstreet. Throughout the novel, communication of information plays a key role in how the battles are fought, whether it is the communication of orders, or information about a change in situation, or a lack of information about the terrain. Using specific examples from the text, describe how communication is carried out, how it affects the battle, and how various skirmishes or the battle as a whole might have had a different outcome if modern communication devices had been available.

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