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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 planned to do a short stint in the military before doing what?
2. Where was Grant born?
3. On a Friday, Grant took a fall with his horse and was injured, though not as seriously as he might have been because of what?
4. In Chapter 29, troops supporting Grant at Corinth were moved out and Grant said it put him in the unenviable position of being what?
5. The fighting continued and Grant described in detail the movements of the men and the ________-hour battle at Champion's Hill.
Short Essay Questions
1. Grant was disappointed by the reaction of others in San Francisco to him in uniform. Why might he have felt this way?
2. Grant described the use of the trenches at Vicksburg. How were trenches useful? How were they used in later wars?
3. 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?
4. 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?
5. 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?
6. Grant planned to attack Fort Donelson and predicted little opposition from the fort's commander. Why? What does this reveal about Grant?
7. How did Grant feel about his men? How might he have benefited from this?
8. When Lincoln called for volunteers at the start of the Civil War, Grant joined. Why?
9. 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?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Grant describes several letters he wrote throughout his life.
Part 1) Describe two of these letters. To whom were they written? Why were they written? What do they reveal about Grant, the receivers of the letters, and life in the U.S. in the mid-nineteenth century?
Part 2) How are these letters significant? Based on these letters how influential was Grant? What did Grant think of himself? Why did he feel this way? How is this seen throughout his life?
Part 3) Describe letters and e-mails that you have written recently. What were the subjects of these letters/e-mails? What might they reveal about you, the receivers of the letters/e-mails and your relationship to the recipients of these letters/e-mails?
Essay Topic 3
Grant gives detailed information about troops and their positions and strengths under specific commanders.
Part 1) Describe two times in which Grant does this. How is this information pertinent to events in Grant's life? What does this information reveal about Grant?
Part 2) Why does Grant give this information? How can military historians and military leaders of today benefit from this information? How might the commanders of troops in question feel about Grant's attitude towards them? Why?
Part 3) Would a military commander today include such detailed information to the public today? Why or why not? How have military tactics and plans become more and more difficult to keep secret? How is this both good and bad?
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