Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America 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. What other famed orator is referred to in this section?

2. What two words mark the difference between the Wills text and the Springfield text?

3. Lincoln believed that war was objectionable on what terms?

4. During what war did Pericles make his speech?

5. The South lost approximately how many soldiers?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did it take so long for the Hay text to be discovered?

2. How many parts are contained in Everett's speech and what is the significance of the number?

3. Did Lincoln have any previous experience in war? If so, what?

4. What change did the translation of Gorgias' undergo?

5. Who is currently in charge of the Gettysburg battlefield and cemetery? Why is this the logical choice?

6. Why was it not possible to consecrate the ground?

7. Which two major speeches of Lincoln's are mentioned and how are they compared?

8. What was Lincoln's opinion on violence versus non-violence?

9. Wills makes it a point to compare what theme in both speeches by Lincoln and Pericles?

10. What advice did Pericles give to the living?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author discusses the opinions of General U.S. Grant and James McPherson, both of whom had very strong ideas on how to confront the enemy. List those beliefs and their supporting reasons. How did Lincoln feel about these policies? What were Lincoln's personal beliefs about confrontation and conflict?

Essay Topic 2

What was the original conflict is deciding where Lincoln stood to make his famous speech? Is it a valid argument? What other theories have been presented by journalists and experts? Which do you feel is correct? Which claimant showed the most substantial proof? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Lincoln was often compared to the transcendentalist preacher Theodore Parker. Why were the two men compared? How did Lincoln feel about Parker's beliefs and policies? How did Lincoln incorporate his beliefs of transcendentalism into his political campaign? How do you think Lincoln's constituents viewed his beliefs?

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