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. From what period do terribly bloody battles follow one another according to Shaara?

2. What troops come out of the woods at Bristol Station and advance upon Chamberlain?

3. What do the north and south troops NOT share in common?

4. What troops hide behind a railroad cut near the Bristol Station?

5. Who has given Sheridan permission to attack and eliminate the Confederate cavalry?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Lee account for the failure at Bristol through his flashbacks?

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

7. When Meade had pressed on his army at Mine Run, why was Lee criticized and how is this ironic for the South?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the main themes in the book is ethical and social responsibility. List at least four examples where Shaara employs this specific theme. Is the battle between making ethical choices obvious or subtle? What characters are involved in this kind of battle? Do you think the right person or group won? Does good always triumph over evil in the case of "The Last Full Measure" ethics? Where do these definitions appear vague or incomprehensible?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Lincoln tries always to maintain composure and integrity in every situation in "The Last Full Measure". Why are Lincoln's actions dignified? What effect did Lincoln's background have on his cultivating his personal dignity? What would be expected behavior from someone in Lincoln's position? Why would it be important for a gentleman like Lincoln to behave with dignity?

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