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 is the Confederate cavalry commander that delivers messages to General Lee?

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

3. Who moves his Confederates against Warren's Federal soldiers, who are trying to hold a crossroads on the Orange Turnpike?

4. Who had pressed the Federal soldiers hard at Chickamauga?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Where does the novel commence?

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

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

9. How does Shaara effectively change the mood of Chapter 1 from despair to some possibility for hope?

10. How does Grant get Meade on his side working together to fight the Confederates?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Last Full Measure", Shaara's Civil War society shows a conscious selectivity about technology. What do you think of the technology employed by the Federal Army as compared to that of the Confederate soldiers? Which aspects do you find more or less appealing? How is technology associated with power and rebellion?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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