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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. Ulysses S. Grant's mother was ______________ and her family was from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and he knew little about her parentage.

2. Grant cited the nature of the fort's commander and predicted what?

3. In Chapter 36, Grant said the campaign had been successful in doing what?

4. In Chapter 12, Grant was promoted to _________________.

5. 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.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. General Burnside found himself in distress for rations. How did loyalists help him and his men?

3. How were trenches important in the Battle of the Wilderness? How were they also imperfect?

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

5. How were traveling conditions in Virginia different than other parts of the country in which the troops had traveled?

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

7. Grant attended a bull fight. How did he feel about this? Why might he have felt this way?

8. Grant talked about the lack of trust the Indians had in the whites. Why did they not trust the white man?

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

10. How did Grant feel about attending West Point? Why might he have felt this way?

Essay 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 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

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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