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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. Ulysses S. Grant's mother was ______________ and her family was from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and he knew little about her parentage.

2. Grant cited the nature of the fort's commander and predicted what?

3. In Chapter 36, Grant said the campaign had been successful in doing what?

4. In Chapter 12, Grant was promoted to _________________.

5. 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.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. General Burnside found himself in distress for rations. How did loyalists help him and his men?

3. How were trenches important in the Battle of the Wilderness? How were they also imperfect?

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. How were traveling conditions in Virginia different than other parts of the country in which the troops had traveled?

6. Grant describes the pressure of public opinion. How is public opinion even more important in military operations today?

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

8. Grant talked about the lack of trust the Indians had in the whites. Why did they not trust the white man?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The women living during the Civil War are mentioned several times during this book.

Part 1) Describe the times when these women are mentioned. Based on this information, how did many women spend their time during the Civil War? How did they support their cause?

Part 2) Based on Grant's description of these women, what might have been his opinion of them and their plight as the mothers, wives, sisters, and friends of men in the war?

Part 3) How has the role of women during war time changed since the Civil War? Why has this role changed? In what other ways has the role of American women changed since the nineteenth century? How are you and your friends affected by the changes that have taken place regarding the role of women in American society?

Essay Topic 2

Grant tells a story about Confederate Commander Bragg.

Part 1) Summarize this story. Why does Grant tell this story? What does it say about Bragg? What does the telling of this story also say about Grant?

Part 2) How might Bragg's attitude, based on this story, have affected the decisions he made and the ultimate loss of the Confederacy?

Part 3) What message is Grant trying to get across through this story about Bragg? What can you personally learn from it?

Essay Topic 3

Former slaves joined with the Union army.

Part 1) Why might the slaves have joined the Union army? How were they treated? Why were they treated in this way? What does this reveal and/or reinforce about the northern sentiment regarding slaves?

Part 2) How might the slaves have been beneficial to the Union regiments? How could these slaves help the Union army beat the Confederacy?

Part 3) How has our country throughout its history been a safe haven for the needy? Why has it been a place of refuge? How has this influenced American society and helped America become what it is today?

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