Shiloh: A Novel 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 kind of dog is with Walter?

2. Who rides by, impressing Luther as always with his bearing and appearance?

3. What finally cheers the Confederate soldiers on their march in the beginning of the novel?

4. Who has information about the history of the word "Shiloh?"

5. In Chapter 1, who is in favor of canceling the Confederate attack?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a skirmish? How is it different from a battle?

2. In the letter he is writing, how does Walter say his troop arrived at Shiloh and what problem did they face?

3. Describe General Johnston's death, as witnessed by Luther.

4. What issue does Palmer see with the Waterloo-based strategy?

5. What Union leader does Palmer know and how does he know him?

6. How do the other Confederate commanders feel about Johnston's recommendation to pull out and why?

7. What was Walter's typical day like, and why is it unusual?

8. Explain the Confederate strategy that is based on Waterloo.

9. Why do some troops hear different versions of the letter from Johnston as they march to battle?

10. What is the significance of the drum heard in Chapter 1? Why is it important?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the primary theme of this book? What is a motif from the novel? Discuss both, explaining the difference between a theme and motif in literature.

Essay Topic 2

Define falling action as an element of plot. Discuss in detail the falling action in this book. How did it flow? What role did the falling action have in the story and how did it work?

Essay Topic 3

Define exposition and discuss the exposition of "Shiloh: a Novel by Shelby Foote". What does the reader learn from the exposition? Is the information consistent throughout the book or does it change? Explain your answer and reasoning.

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