The Last Full Measure Test | Final 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 the luxury item that Grant has for dessert with his troops?

2. Where does Grant want to go to return to his wife and children?

3. Who goes to Washington after the surrender ceremony and visits Lincoln?

4. Who tells Grant that he would have been willing to allow slavery?

5. Who is Lee's nephew?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Grant recognize Lee's hopeless situation after Lee's troops fail to burn the bridges?

2. How does access to water offer an advantage to Grant over Lee?

3. Why is Lee worried about shifting command to Beauregard?

4. Why does Lee believe that the statue of George Washington will remain intact during the war?

5. How do Confederate troops show their obedience to Gordon in the surrender ceremony?

6. What does Lee fear about central leadership proposed in a message from Richmond?

7. Why do the peace negotiations between Lincoln and the Confederate officials go nowhere?

8. How does the crater become a death trap for the Federal soldiers?

9. How is Lee's desperation evident at Christmas?

10. How does Lee finally accept Grant's offer to discuss surrender?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

"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 3

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?

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