The Last Full Measure 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. Whose quarters do foreign dignitaries visit?

2. Who denies a military commander's request for leadership after Gettysburg?

3. What does Grant want most from the war?

4. When the South cannot waste resources, what became important?

5. After the draw battle in the Wilderness, where does Lee race south to set up the defenses?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Meade's unorthodox flag reveal about himself and Grant?

4. How does Shaara describe Lee viewing his defeated army from his horse?

5. How does the fight in the Wilderness initially go from in the favor of the Confederates to defeat?

6. Why is trench warfare looked down upon and why is Lee forced to use this method?

7. Why is fighting in the wilderness difficult for both Grant and Lee?

8. How do troops on both sides of the war reveal their similarities through bartering?

9. How does Grant relieve his frustration by cutting wood?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"The Last Full Measure" is written primarily in the third-person and omniscient point of view. Is this point of view more or less effective than telling the story from the first-person perspective of Grant or Lee?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the significance of the novel's title. What did Shaara mean by calling the book "The Last Full Measure"? Cite an example to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Describe Sherman. What is his role the story? What was Shaara trying to accomplish by creating Sherman's character in the novel?

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