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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. In Chapter 12, Grant was promoted to _________________.

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

3. During a brief leave to go home, Grant wrote a letter to Adjutant-General Colonel L. Thomas, saying that he'd been educated at the government's expense and now wanted to do what?

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

5. While the United States wanted a war with Mexico over disputed territory, Grant said what was important?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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. 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?

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

6. Sherman wrote to Grant's superior, seeking to force Grant to heed the advice of other commanders. What does this reveal about Grant?

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

8. Grant describes breaking mules for working with the military. Why might he have described this?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Grant made Abraham Lincoln a promise.

Part 1) What was this promise? Why did he make Lincoln this promise? What events led up to this promise?

Part 2) What does the first meeting between Lincoln and Grant reveal about both of these men? How did this initial meeting affect their relationship throughout the rest of the war?

Part 3) What promises have you made in your own life? Why did you make these promises? Have you been able to keep these promises? Why or why not? How difficult were these promises to try to keep? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

General Lee "set up a white flag."

Part 1) How did the battles described in this book lead to Lee's surrender? What battles were the most significant and had the most impact on this Union victory?

Part 2) What role did Grant play throughout this war? How important was Grant to the Union cause? Explain. Could the north have beaten the south without Grant? Why or why not? Use evidence from this book to support your responses.

Part 3) If Grant were to go back and fight the Civil War all over again, do you believe he would have? What changes might he have made to his various plans? Why? Use the book to support your response.

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