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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. Who does Lincoln talk about about the necessity of war being won for the preservation of democracy?

2. Who knows that once engaged with Grant, the man will not back down?

3. When was the Gettsyburg conflict?

4. For mutually beneficial transactions, what were northern and southern troops willing to have temporarily?

5. If the South won the Civil War, what might disintegrate as a result?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Lee unable to enjoy Christmas in Richmond?

2. Why is Lee disappointed that Lincoln is reelected?

3. Why does Lee believe that the statue of George Washington will remain intact during the war?

4. How do Confederate troops show their obedience to Gordon in the surrender ceremony?

5. How is Lee's desperation evident at Christmas?

6. Why do the peace negotiations between Lincoln and the Confederate officials go nowhere?

7. What does Chamberlain find absurd yet necessary about desertion in the army?

8. When Hancock says, "The soldiers have seen something new, a new horror, a new way to die. They have seen the face of hell," what does he imply about fire and fighting?

9. What does Chamberlain realize about the fight at Saylor's Creek?

10. Why does Grant fight in the Civil War?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In "The Last Full Measure", Shaara's Civil War society shows a conscious selectivity about technology. What do you think of the technology employed by the Federal Army as compared to that of the Confederate soldiers? Which aspects do you find more or less appealing? How is technology associated with power and rebellion?

Essay Topic 2

Shaara uses more than one instance of irony in the novel. Cite at least two examples you can identify in the book and note why they are examples of irony.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of women in the rural South in the 1840s when the women in "The Last Full Measure" are living their lives. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women do not have?

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