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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Grant talked about the Indians, saying that the trades between Indians and whites had originally been done in ___________, but business had moved to silver half-dollars.
(a) Blankets.
(b) Gold.
(c) Pelts.
(d) Jewelry.

2. Grant received orders from General Halleck to change his position, but Grant did not. Why did he not obey?
(a) Grant does not take orders from anyone.
(b) Halleck is a poor leader.
(c) Grant had already put his own plans in motion.
(d) Halleck's orders would be different if he knew the army's current situation.

3. A Confederate officer later said that he'd pointed Grant out to his men, saying that they were welcome to shoot him. Did anyone shoot at him?
(a) Yes, but the shots purposely missed.
(b) Yes, several times.
(c) Yes, only once.
(d) No.

4. In Chapter 32, Grant described the pressure of public opinion and said that no matter what criticism occurred, who stood behind him, providing support?
(a) President Robert E. Lee.
(b) Stonewall Jackson.
(c) President Lincoln.
(d) George W. Bush.

5. Grant cited the nature of the fort's commander and predicted what?
(a) A great deal of opposition.
(b) Little opposition.
(c) Quite a bit of opposition.
(d) No opposition.

Short Answer Questions

1. Grant described the use of the ____________ at this siege.

2. In Chapter 25, Grant said Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston was wounded at Shiloh and, refusing to give up his command because _________________, remained on his horse until he was so weak from loss of blood that he died.

3. Grant described the unrest of the nation in the winter of _______________.

4. Did Grant know everything there was to know about the war being waged in Mexico?

5. The following May, Grant moved to Galena, Illinois, where he began working as what in his father's store?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Grant feel about being involved in the Mexican War? Why might he have felt this way?

2. How did Grant feel about his men? How might he have benefited from this?

3. Grant attended a bull fight. How did he feel about this? Why might he have felt this way?

4. Grant said that once the City of Mexico fell, it seemed that a long-term occupation would be necessary. Why might he believe this?

5. As Grant journeyed to Memphis, he encountered a Union loyalist who warned him of a neighbor who was a Southern sympathizer. What does this reveal about the difficulties involved in fighting a civil war?

6. Former slaves join up with the army. What were Grant's orders? What does this reveal about him?

7. Grant planned to attack Fort Donelson and predicted little opposition from the fort's commander. Why? What does this reveal about Grant?

8. When Lincoln called for volunteers at the start of the Civil War, Grant joined. Why?

9. Describe Ulysses S. Grant's parents.

10. How did Grant feel about attending West Point? Why might he have felt this way?

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