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. What is new in the Civil War in comparison to previous wars that had been fought over open country with the occasional use of existing walls for cover?

2. Who is the President of the United States in "The Last Full Measure"?

3. What were defensive maneuvers employed when Meade had pressed on his army at Mine Run?

4. Who suggests that a war council would have helped prevent the first failed attempt on attacking Lee's center?

5. Who is the President of the Federal forces?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does the novel commence?

2. What does the figure of Grant represent in Washington during the war?

3. Describe the interaction between Hill and Lee as they survey the failed attempt at Bristol.

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

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

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

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

8. Who is General Sedgwick and how does he die?

9. How does Shaara describe Chamberlain's return home to Maine?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Shaara uses more than one iteration on the motif of courage. Identify at least two motifs about courage and loyalty. Then cite an example to support each 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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