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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 practice of the commander do foreign dignitaries mock when they visit his quarters?

2. Whose quarters do foreign dignitaries visit?

3. Who suffers from debilitating arthritis that has rendered one of her arms shriveled and useless?

4. How does Chamberlain and his wife travel away from the railroad station?

5. What does Lee see the Southern resistance in the Civil War as representative of?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it hard to see the enemy in the wilderness that becomes apparent on the first full day of battle?

2. What does Lee's anger at Longstreet reveal about his character and his belief in God?

3. How does Shaara powerfully build up to Stuart's death, reinforcing a good versus evil theme?

4. Why does Shaara offer an Introduction to "The Last Full Measure"?

5. How does Chamberlain's discussion of home with his brother Tom foreshadow Tom's death?

6. Why does Grant fight in the Civil War?

7. 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?

8. What is the supreme fear to Lincoln if the South wins the Civil War?

9. What does Shaara offer immediately to the reader in the introduction that foreshadows the conflicts to come?

10. How does Shaara reveal who the significant characters of "The Last Full Measure" are?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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.

Essay Topic 2

Describe some of the settings for "The Last Full Measure". What is the overall setting? How do the Confederate states like Virginia change over time? How is Washington D.C. different from the depiction of surrounding areas? Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did the author choose to use these places in "The Last Full Measure"?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the role of the family in "The Last Full Measure". What does it mean for each of the main characters? How does the family evolve in its support of each other? How typical is this family of most Northern and Southern families living during the 1840s and 1850s in America?

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