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. Who does Grant send to gain control of the Shenandoah Valley and prevent Lee from moving north?

2. What is the new technology in 1913 that Chamberlain experiences that is so different from the Civil War?

3. The Civil War was about the states' right to _____ from the Union.

4. What does Lee try to protect but is pushed back by an all-out assault, forced to retreat across the Appomattox River?

5. How far apart are Lee's soldiers fter the failed attempt to implement Gordon's plan?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Grant succeed monetarily through his memoirs?

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

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

5. Why is Grant tempted to drink alcohol after Cold Harbor?

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

7. How does Shaara powerfully convey the death of Hill, one of Lee's leaders through a third-person point of view of an unknown officier?

8. Why is Lee disappointed that Lincoln is reelected?

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

10. Why does Lee fail to attend the surrender ceremony?

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

Politics play a significant role in the book. Shaara refers to the politics of both sides of the Civil War. Discuss the use of politics in the novel. How does politics influence the actions of the main characters of Lee, Grant, Sherman, and others? Also examine the use of politics in relationships.

Essay Topic 3

Shaara uses more than one instance of irony in the novel. Cite at least two examples you can identify in the book and note why they are examples of irony.

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