Soldier's Heart Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What is the premise of this book?

Soldier's Heart is based on a true story about a fifteen-year-old boy in Minnesota named Charley Goddard who lies about his age to join the First Volunteers of Minnesota to fight in the Civil War.

2. What is the setting of the book?

The setting takes place first in Minnesota in June of 1861 and later at various Civil War Battlegrounds and Washington D.C..

3. How is Charley caught up in the excitement of the possibility of a civil war?

Talk of a civil war is escalating, and the excitement is catching. He hears talk of forming a volunteer regiment which could reach one thousand men. He has never been more than five miles from his hometown of Winona, but he is determined to join and become a soldier. The pay is eleven dollars a month, and he plans on sending it to his mother and Orren, his younger brother.

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