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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. Grant built a house and sought to make a living from what?
2. While the United States wanted a war with Mexico over disputed territory, Grant said what was important?
3. Grant's father, Jesse R. Grant, was the ________ son of his family.
4. Who was Nicholas P. Trist?
5. Davis had orders that Grant would return to St. Louis where Grant discovered that he was to take command of what?
Short Essay Questions
1. How did Grant feel about attending West Point? Why might he have felt this way?
2. Sherman wrote to Grant's superior, seeking to force Grant to heed the advice of other commanders. What does this reveal about Grant?
3. Grant describes breaking mules for working with the military. Why might he have described this?
4. Grant's troops came under fire for the first time at Belmont and he said they acted like veteran fighters. Why might they have fought so well?
5. Grant described the use of the trenches at Vicksburg. How were trenches useful? How were they used in later wars?
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. 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?
8. Grant was named Brigadier-General and said he was surprised by the promotion. Why might he have been surprised?
9. 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?
10. Grant attended a bull fight. How did he feel about this? Why might he have felt this way?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Grant was ordered to San Francisco.
Part 1) What was Grant's attitude regarding himself and the city of San Francisco? Why did he feel this way? How was his opinion of himself and his opinion of San Francisco changed after moving to there? How was he affected by these changes?
Part 2) Why might the people of San Francisco treat him they way they did? What does this reveal about the citizens of San Francisco? How was Grant treated by others throughout his life? How does this treatment compare to the treatment he received in San Francisco?
Part 3) Describe a time in which you were treated differently than you had expected to be treated. What was your reaction to this? How did this affect you?
Essay Topic 2
Grant describes life in San Francisco.
Part 1) Describe San Francisco based on Grant's writings. What did Grant think about San Francisco? What does this reveal about Grant's beliefs and personality?
Part 2) How does the San Francisco of Grants' time compare to San Francisco today? How might San Francisco still be influenced by its past? Why is this information regarding San Francisco's past important to this book?
Part 3) How did Grant's life change during his time in San Francisco? How might this have led to his resignation from the military? How can you relate to this? When in your own life have people, places, and/or events influenced decisions you made?
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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