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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 makes a serious mistake at Cold Harbor?
2. Who does Lee visit that lost his will to fight at Gettysburg when he led a disastrous charge?
3. Who receives orders from Sheridan to move his forces forward from Saylor's Creek to Appomattox?
4. Who engage with Gordon's troops at Saylor's Creek?
5. Who leads the Confederates in opposition to Sherman?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. Why is Lee worried about shifting command to Beauregard?
3. How does Lee finally accept Grant's offer to discuss surrender?
4. What is the oddity regarding soldiers who can view their own deaths in the war?
5. Why do the peace negotiations between Lincoln and the Confederate officials go nowhere?
6. How does the battle at Fort Stedman begin initially by accident?
7. How do Confederate troops show their obedience to Gordon in the surrender ceremony?
8. How does Grant succeed monetarily through his memoirs?
9. How does the crater become a death trap for the Federal soldiers?
10. What does Chamberlain realize about the fight at Saylor's Creek?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Shaara uses more than one iteration on the motif of life-death-life. Identify at least two motifs about life-death-life in the book. Then cite an example to support each answer.
Essay Topic 3
Explain the significance of the novel's title. What did Shaara mean by calling the book "The Last Full Measure"? Cite an example to support your answer.
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