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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 talked about the Indians, saying that the trades between Indians and whites had originally been done in ___________, but business had moved to silver half-dollars.

2. 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?

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

4. In Chapter 23, Grant received another promotion, this time to _______________ of the volunteers. In this role, he ordered a march on Nashville. There was some wrangling over the command and Grant was briefly relieved of the command then returned to the position.

5. Grant described the use of the ____________ at this siege.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Grant describes breaking mules for working with the military. Why might he have described this?

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

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

6. Describe the death of General Albert Sidney Johnston. Why might he have told this story?

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

8. 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?

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

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

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 made Abraham Lincoln a promise.

Part 1) What was this promise? Why did he make Lincoln this promise? What events led up to this promise?

Part 2) What does the first meeting between Lincoln and Grant reveal about both of these men? How did this initial meeting affect their relationship throughout the rest of the war?

Part 3) What promises have you made in your own life? Why did you make these promises? Have you been able to keep these promises? Why or why not? How difficult were these promises to try to keep? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Grant describes the turmoil that existed all over the country.

Part 1) Describe this turmoil, according to Grant. What caused this turmoil? How did the U.S. deal with it? Was this adequate? Why or why not? How did this influence the start of the war and the war itself?

Part 2) Did this turmoil exist after the war? Why or why not? What other times throughout the U.S.'s existence have been tumultuous? Why? How did our country manage to lessen this turmoil?

Part 3) Does turmoil exist in our country today? If so, why? If not, why not? Do you see the U.S. suffering from a civil war in the future? Why or why not?

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