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. Who brings his Federal soldiers against Hill on the Confederate left flank?

2. When does Lee bring his army into Virginia successfully?

3. What unorthodox practice does Meade have that shows a change of heart in Meade from bitterness to faith?

4. What does Meade unite with his replacement as commander in their mission to win the war as?

5. What were the northern and southern troops friendly enough to barter?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the important lesson that Lincoln learns from Gettsyburg regarding Federal soldiers?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. After the failed Hancock attack, what does Lee think about God and believe will happen to Longstreet?

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

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

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

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.

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