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Confederacy could not rest or sleep due to the suffering
of the Union soldiers and that morning asked his com-
manding officer if he could scale the wall and provide
water for the suffering Union troops. The commanding
officer was reluctant at first because of the danger to
Richard, but later allowed him to. As Richard climbed the
wall several shots were instantly fired thinking that Kirk-
land's motives were to wound more, but after realizing
what was happening shooting ceased. Richard Rowland
Kirkland made his way to each soldier comforting them
the best he could by laying his jacket over one and pro-
viding water to the thirsty lips of all. For the next hour
and a half he would scale the wall a number of times with
his canteen to get more water for his enemy. It was a mo-
ment that temporarily stopped the Civil War.
This story deeply touched me. To me this exemplifies the
highest calling of leadership. And it embodies the purpose
of leadership. That purpose is to care and to serve. Is there
one man on that battlefield that wouldn't have been will-
ing to follow such a servant if asked to? He was the
enemy of course, but how much more powerful the ex-
(Source: Teamwork Leadership by Mike Rogers)(Edited)
A. White Americans
B. People in general
C. American people
D. Persons opposed to the African race.
47. How would you describe the mood of the speaker?
48. Based on the language used by the speaker in (lines
7 and 8), how has the speaker transitioned from her
life in Africa to America?
A. She lives for the day when she will be free
B. Her life changed following her encounter with
C. She struggled to deal with inequality
D. Her faith in God has given her hope for the fu-
DIRECTION: Read the passage carefully before at-
tempting the questions. Each question has four options,
select the most appropriate answer, based on what is
contained or implied in the passage.
A LEADERSHIP STORY
I heard a remarkable story yesterday that I surprisingly
had never heard before, and one that reminds me of the
reason I blog.
The Civil War was a bloody and vicious war. At least
618,000 Americans died and some say the toll reached
700,000. Casualties exceeded all of America's other wars
from the Revolution through Vietnam.
In the winter of 1862 General Robert E. Lee's forces had
claimed several key battlefields in the Eastern Campaign.
One of those key battles was as one-sided a victory as a
battle could be. It was the Battle of Fredericksburg. On
December 13, 1862, Union forces began what was termed
a desperate and eventual doomed assault on a heavily
fortified position known as the "stone wall at the sunken
After crossing a river the Union confidentially took the
town of Fredericksburg with little resistance. The confed-
erate army had voluntarily given up the town so that they
might fortify themselves along a stone wall at the base
of a sloping hill. As the union army begins to approach the
wall they were attacked and by the morning of December
14th over 8,000 Union soldiers had been shot in front of
the stone wall. Many of those remaining on the battlefield
were still alive, but suffering from their wounds, the cold
During that night both sides were forced to listen to the
cries and moans of those soldiers for hours. A Confeder-
ate soldier stationed near the wall later stated that it was
"weird, unearthly, and terrible to hear and bear the cries
of dying soldiers filling the air -- lying crippled on a hillside
so many miles from home -- breaking the hearts of sol-
diers on both sides of the battlefield."
Richard Rowland Kirkland, an infantry sergeant for the
49. Why is the Civil War regarded as bloody and vicious?
A. The impact of the Civil War severely wounded
B. 8,000 Union Soldiers were shot
C. The casualties of war were too numerous to
D. Some 700,000 lives were lost in the war.
50. According to the writer what was unique about the
Battle of Fredericksburg?
A. It was a one-sided victory.
B. 618,000 Americans died.
C. It occurred in the winter of 1862.
D. The Union conquered the town of Fredericksburg.
51. How did the Confederate Soldier describe the cries of
the wounded soldiers on the hillside?
A. As crippling
B. As disturbing and heartbreaking
C. As weird, unearthly and terrible
D. As terrible, disheartening and painful
52. The writer indicates that soldiers on both sides of the
battlefield were disturbed by the sound of injured.
What does this imply about war?
A. In war there are no winners
B. There is a cost to human life
C. The effects of war are far reaching
D. War affects everyone
53. How did the Infantry Sergeant respond to the cries of
the dying soldiers?
A. He dismissed their cries and went to sleep.
B. He prayed for their souls.
C. He provided water to quench their thirst.
D. He comforted the soldiers and provided water
for them to drink.
54. Who was Richard Roland Kirk?
A. A Union Soldier
B. An Infantry Sergeant with the Confederates
C. A Confederate Soldier
D. A Commanding Officer
55. How would you describe the actions of Richard
56. When Kirk crossed enemy lines to assist the
wounded, he was met with gunfire. What does this
reveal about the Union Soldiers?
A. Their loyalty to service
B. Their strength of character
C. Their efforts to retaliate
D. Their combatant nature
57. The "Canteen" carried by Kirk refers to
A. His uniform
B. His artillery
C. A receptacle for water
D. A holster for his weapons
58. Based on the qualities espoused by Richard Roland
Kirk, how would you describe him?
A. As a noble man
B. As a renowned soldier
C. As a humble volunteer
D. As a servant-leader
59. What is the MAIN intention of the writer?
A. To inform the reader
B. To motivate the reader
C. To entertain the reader
D. To startle the reader
60. What made Kirk such a powerful figure?
A. His willingness to serve the enemy at the ex-
pense of his own life.
B. His ability to lead by example.
C. His decision not to pursue the enemy at a time
when the enemy was most vulnerable.
D. His ability to follow the instruction of his Com-
END OF ENGLISH TEST
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