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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. While the United States wanted a war with Mexico over disputed territory, Grant said what was important?
(a) That Mexico made the first hostile move.
(b) That the U.S. treat the Mexicans humanely.
(c) That the U.S. made the first hostile move.
(d) That Mexico give up their territory without any dispute.

2. 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) Gold.
(b) Jewelry.
(c) Pelts.
(d) Blankets.

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

4. Rosecrans wanted to pursue farther than Jonesboro but Grant, believing what, ordered him back?
(a) Rosecrans was mentally ill.
(b) Grant should be the one to lead the men to Jonesburo.
(c) The troops were too weak to travel that far.
(d) Confederate forces waiting in a good position would wipe out Rosecrans.

5. Who was Nicholas P. Trist?
(a) A U.S. representative charged with negotiating a peace treaty.
(b) A U.S. civilian who risked his life to get important information to Grant.
(c) A U.S. soldier who was a POW in Mexico.
(d) A Christian missionary who translated during the peace treaty.

Short Answer Questions

1. Grant returned to Corinth where he was faced with the daunting task of arranging _________________ for a large number of forces.

2. In Chapter 30, Grant described the battle at Vicksburg and Sherman's advance along the ___________ River.

3. In Chapter 16, Grant resigned from the military. He and Julia had two children by this time and Grant moved the family to land she owned near what city?

4. Grant's father, Jesse R. Grant, was the ________ son of his family.

5. Grant's time at West Point and in the military meant that he knew who?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. In Chapter Sixteen, Grant resigned from the military. Why might he have done this?

3. Grant was named Brigadier-General and said he was surprised by the promotion. Why might he have been surprised?

4. Grant arrived with the army at Pittsburg Landing and believed neither Pittsburg Landing nor Crump's Landing could be lost. Why?

5. Prior to the Mexican War, Grant noted that the presence of U.S. soldiers was supposed to provoke an attack by the Mexicans but it did not. Why might they not have attacked?

6. Grant believed that a "bloodless advance to Atlanta, to Vicksburg, or to any other desired point south of Corinth" would have been possible, but the advantage was never pressed. Why not?

7. How does Grant contrast General Scott with General Taylor?

8. Grant arrived in San Francisco and said there were many there seeking their fortunes in gold. How might this gold rush still be seen today?

9. Describe the death of General Albert Sidney Johnston. Why might he have told this story?

10. Grant was disappointed by the reaction of others in San Francisco to him in uniform. Why might he have felt this way?

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