Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapter I Abstract
* The background of the novel is the American Civil War as depicted through the eyes of a Union recruit.
* At camp, there is an illustration of how rumor runs through a bored regiment.
* Henry's youthful idealism before joining the army is typical of the inexperienced.
* Henry's enlistment is done over the objections of...
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