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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 noted after the surrender of Vicksburg that the men taken prisoner did what regarding the Union Army?

2. Did Grant dwell on the duel he saw?

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

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. Grant's time at West Point and in the military meant that he knew who?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Grant's new plan for moving the troops in tandem become?

2. Grant planned to attack Fort Donelson and predicted little opposition from the fort's commander. Why? What does this reveal about Grant?

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

4. Describe the casualties at the Courthouse at Spotsylvania. Did this affect Grant? Why or why not?

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

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 received orders from General Halleck to change his position. Did Grant do this? Why or why not?

9. Describe Ulysses S. Grant's parents.

10. What is Grant promise Lincoln? Why did he make this promise?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Grant frequently mentions the importance of food.

Part 1) Why is food an important topic for Grant to discuss when recalling events of the Civil War? How did food become vital to an army's chance at victory?

Part 2) What did Grant do to make sure his men received food? What other necessities did the soldiers have? How did Grant provide these? What other tactics did Grant use to improve his army's chances at victory?

Part 3) What do you see as necessities for a military today? What must a military have to be victorious? How does this compare to the necessities of the Civil War?

Essay Topic 2

Grant planned on doing a short stint in the military before going into teaching.

Part 1) How did Grant feel about military life early one? Why did he feel this way? How did his feelings about the military change throughout his life? Why did his feelings change?

Part 2) Why might Grant have been interested in teaching? How is this desire to be a teacher seen in the way he led, encouraged, and urged his men during the Civil War?

Part 3) How have plans for your own life altered as you have grown older? How have your feelings changed regarding certain topics? Why? How can you relate to the changes that took place in Grant's life?

Essay Topic 3

The women living during the Civil War are mentioned several times during this book.

Part 1) Describe the times when these women are mentioned. Based on this information, how did many women spend their time during the Civil War? How did they support their cause?

Part 2) Based on Grant's description of these women, what might have been his opinion of them and their plight as the mothers, wives, sisters, and friends of men in the war?

Part 3) How has the role of women during war time changed since the Civil War? Why has this role changed? In what other ways has the role of American women changed since the nineteenth century? How are you and your friends affected by the changes that have taken place regarding the role of women in American society?

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