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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 19, Grant was named _________________ and said he was surprised by the promotion.

2. 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.

3. In Chapter 38, why did the siege end?

4. Who was Nicholas P. Trist?

5. He described breaking ________ for working with the military.

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter Sixteen, Grant resigned from the military. Why might he have done this?

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

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

4. How important was slavery to the turmoil and eventual war between the states, according to Grant.

5. 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?

6. Grant planned to attack Fort Donelson and predicted little opposition from the fort's commander. Why? 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. What happened when Grant requested from Lee that a temporary truce take place to remove the dead and wounded? Why did this happen?

9. Why did Lee ask about terms for surrender? Are you surprised by this?

10. One day, Grant and other officers were within shooting range of Confederate soldiers. Did the soldiers shoot at them? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Grant had many responsibilities throughout the Civil War.

Part 1) Describe two of Grant's responsibilities throughout the war. Why was he given each of these responsibilities? How successful was he at each of these tasks? Explain.

Part 2) How did his work during the Civil War affect his relationships with others? How did it influence the war effort as a whole?

Part 3) What responsibilities do you have? How did you receive these responsibilities? How successful have you been at these tasks? Explain. How important has your role been in regards to these responsibilities? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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