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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 12, Grant was promoted to _________________.

2. Grant noted that the fifty-dollar gold pieces were not government issue but were common in the area and were called what?

3. Grant described the unrest of the nation in the winter of _______________.

4. How does Grant describe the civilians at Monterey?

5. Grant described an incident in which who was apparently killed but was later seen watching another fight?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Lee's troops were discovered, what was learned about Lee and his men?

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

3. How did the march to the sea begin? Why is this important?

4. Why did the Confederate women cry when they learned that the Union had the upper hand in the war?

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

6. What happened in January when the peace commissioners came to meet with Lincoln? Why might this have happened?

7. 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?

8. At the surrender of the Confederates, the Union men were energized. Why? Should they have been?

9. 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?

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

Essay 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 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 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.

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