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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 described the use of the ____________ at this siege.

2. Grant's situation changed yet again and he assumed the role of district commander in ______ Tennessee.

3. In Chapter 28, Grant described the battle of _________. Grant said that he wasn't pleased with the results.

4. Grant was sent to Ironton, Missouri, and eventually on to Jefferson City. While there, he met who for the first time?

5. After Grant enlisted in the army at the beginning of the Civil War, the women of Galena asked him to describe what in detail?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Grant said that once the City of Mexico fell, it seemed that a long-term occupation would be necessary. Why might he believe this?

4. How did Grant feel about his men? How might he have benefited from this?

5. Describe Ulysses S. Grant's parents.

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

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

8. 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?

9. In Chapter Twenty-Nine, troops supporting Grant at Corinth were moved out. How did this affect Grant? What might he have thought of this maneuver?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Grant witnesses a duel.

Part 1) Describe this duel. Why does Grant discuss this duel? How is he affected by witnessing this duel? What does this reflection on this duel reveal about Grant?

Part 2) At what other times does Grant reflect upon the events taking place around him? Why does he reflect on these events? What do these reflections reveal about him?

Part 3) When have you reflected on past events? How were these events important? How did these events impact your life?

Essay Topic 2

When Lincoln called for volunteers, Grant joined.

Part 1) Why did Grant join the military again? What does his reasoning reveal about him? Does this reveal a change in Grant? Why or why not? Would you be so willing to volunteer? Why or why not?

Part 2) Describe the beginning of the war from Grant's perspective. What can be learned about the Civil War by reading this book? What can be learned about Americans at this time by viewing life from Grant's point of view?

Part 3) How did the war progress? What tactics were used that led to an ultimate Union victory? How was Grant important in this victory? Could the Union have won without Grant? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Grant describes and reflects on the battle of Vicksburg.

Part 1) Describe this battle. What events led up to this battle? Why did this battle take place? How was this battle significant?

Part 2) What are Grant's thoughts about the battle of Vicksburg? How have his feelings and thoughts about this battle changed since the battle took place? How does this reflection compare to his reflections upon other battles and events?

Part 3) What is learned about Grant through his memories of Vicksburg? What is also learned about the Civil War and war tactics in general? How might this information be useful for future military leaders?

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