The Killer Angels Test | Final 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. Why does Longstreet say Lee should put Hill in command instead of Longstreet?

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

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

4. From whom does the Confederacy get many of its guns and most of its wagons?

5. What prediction does Hancock make about the Rebels?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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

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 3, Longstreet," what difficulty arises for Longstreet that results in the attack not being effective?

6. 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,".

7. In "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day, Chapter 2, Chamberlain," what does Chamberlain's encounter with the escaped slave reveal to him?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

One theme in The Killer Angels is bravery, whether in battle or of personal convictions. Discuss episodes of bravery in the novel and how those actions of bravery affected, or did not affect, the outcome of the battle.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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