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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. Rosecrans wanted to pursue farther than Jonesboro but Grant, believing what, ordered him back?

2. Grant said General Rosecrans, who had not been successful at Corinth, did what in his advance again upon Corinth?

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

4. Grant described an incident in which who was apparently killed but was later seen watching another fight?

5. In Chapter 22, Grant planned to attack Fort Donelson but was hampered by what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Ulysses S. Grant's parents.

2. Grant received orders to support the army with the possessions of those favoring the Southern cause. Why was he given these orders.

3. Grant asked to be assigned to the cavalry but was assigned to the infantry. What is the difference between these two military groups? Why might he have wanted to be a part of the cavalry?

4. 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?

5. Grant set up a supply depot at Perkins' plantation and described a sense of relief. Why was there a sense of relief?

6. Grant described the use of the trenches at Vicksburg. How were trenches useful? How were they used in later wars?

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

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

9. 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?

10. Grant received orders from General Halleck to change his position. Did Grant do this? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Grant participated in the Mexican War.

Part 1) Describe the Mexican War. Why did it begin? How did it come to an end? How was the U.S. and Mexico affected by the outcome of this war? How is this still seen today?

Part 2) What were Grant's feelings regarding this war? Why did he feel this way? Did he act in a way that revealed these feelings? Why or why not? What are your own thoughts regarding this war, based on information found in this book?

Part 3) What are your feelings about war in general now that you have read this book? What can be said about all wars? How are the wars described in this book unique?

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

After the fall of Atlanta, the Army of the Potomac began the campaign that would lead to the fall of the Confederate capital.

Part 1) Describe the fall of Atlanta. What tactics were used? What was Grant's opinion of this attack on Atlanta? Why might he have felt this way?

Part 2) Describe the campaign that led to the fall of the Confederate capital. Who organized this campaign? What role did Grant play in this campaign? How did this campaign lead to the fall of the Confederate capital?

Part 3) How significant was the fall of the Confederate capital? Explain. How different might the war have ended, if the Confederate capital had not fallen at this point? Use information from this book to support your response.

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