Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America 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 was a favorite place for these followers to gather?

2. What was the name of the Southern army?

3. The epainesis section of an ancient funeral oratory has how many parts?

4. Unlike Lincoln's words, many speeches of the day were considered to be _________________.

5. Ralph Waldo Emerson was a big believer in what school of thought?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author say about the myth that Lincoln wrote his Gettysburg Address on the train from Washington to Gettysburg?

2. In addition to writing and oratory, what other art form was being revived at the time?

3. Both the North and South confessed to making mistakes in their battle plans. What were the mistakes?

4. Why was Everett a desirable speaker at war memorials and cemeteries?

5. What are the most basic requirements for a speech?

6. Many claim that Lincoln had a natural ability to speak plainly. Is this statement true or false? Explain.

7. What were the repercussions of the mistakes made by both generals?

8. What did Lincoln claim was the founding document of the United States? Why?

9. How did Edward Everett tie into the revival?

10. Why was the Battle of Gettysburg such an important event?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is a great deal of discussion about the Declaration of Independence, versus the Constitution of the United States. Compare and contrast the two documents. State the basic history of each, key players the two documents have in common, and in your opinion, which is more important in the operation of the U.S. government.

Essay Topic 2

There are many opinions regarding Lincoln's speech at the Young Men's Lyceum. Name the various theories, who proposed them, and which historical figures Lincoln is tied to because of the speech.

Essay Topic 3

Lincoln's friend, William Herndon, was very specific about Lincoln's use of language in both writing and speech. Recount William Herndon's lengthy list of observations. Do you think Herndon was correct in his assessment? Explain.

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