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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. When does the novel begin?
2. What is the cliche regarding the Southern fight in the Civil War?
3. Who arrives in Washington to meet the President in Chapter 7?
4. Whose quarters do foreign dignitaries visit?
5. Who execute a successful attack, driving the Federal soldiers behind their log wall situated along Brock Road?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the figure of Grant represent in Washington during the war?
2. Why is trench warfare looked down upon and why is Lee forced to use this method?
3. How does the fight in the Wilderness initially go from in the favor of the Confederates to defeat?
4. What is the cliche surrounding the Southern reason for fighting in the Civil War and how does Lee oppose this?
5. How does Grant relieve his frustration by cutting wood?
6. What does Shaara offer immediately to the reader in the introduction that foreshadows the conflicts to come?
7. How does Grant get Meade on his side working together to fight the Confederates?
8. How do troops on both sides of the war reveal their similarities through bartering?
9. Where does the novel commence?
10. How does Shaara describe Hill's attack at Bristol Station?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Shaara uses more than one iteration on the motif of life-death-life. Identify at least two motifs about life-death-life in the book. Then cite an example to support each answer.
Essay Topic 2
Explain Shaara's use of humor in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of humor and explain why Shaara used them where he did.
Essay Topic 3
"The Last Full Measure" is particularly effective in conveying meaning through powerful imagery. Powerful imagery to establish connections in the minds of readers with the story's characters and plot. Imagery is the picture we form in our minds of the story we read. It can involve, visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, kinetic, and kinesthetic. Shaara uses these imagery to translate words into a visual story that we can see and participate in within our minds. Describe the use of imagery in this novel.
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