58 pages 1 hour read

Michael Shaara

The Killer Angels

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 1974

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Essay Topics


Compare and contrast General Lee with General Longstreet. How are they different in their mannerisms as well as their battle strategies? How are they similar? How are such different personalities able to work so well together?


Why do you think Chamberlain is such a successful commander when he is a university professor instead of a professional soldier? What strengths and skills does he have as a professor that make him a good commander? Are there any skills he lacks because he is not a professional soldier?


Imagine that you are a citizen of Gettysburg. Describe how you would feel seeing two armies converging on your hometown. What would you do to protect your home and family? How would you feel after the battle is over, seeing so many dead soldiers scattered across the land?