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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 returned to Corinth where he was faced with the daunting task of arranging _________________ for a large number of forces.

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

3. Grant said that once the city fell, it seemed that long-term occupation would be _____________.

4. Rosecrans wanted to pursue farther than Jonesboro but Grant, believing what, ordered him back?

5. Where was Grant born?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. 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?

4. Grant described the use of the trenches at Vicksburg. How were trenches useful? How were they used in later wars?

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

6. Grant received orders to support the army with the possessions of those favoring the Southern cause. Why was he given these orders.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Lincoln called for volunteers, Grant joined.

Part 1) Why did Grant join the military again? What does his reasoning reveal about him? Does this reveal a change in Grant? Why or why not? Would you be so willing to volunteer? Why or why not?

Part 2) Describe the beginning of the war from Grant's perspective. What can be learned about the Civil War by reading this book? What can be learned about Americans at this time by viewing life from Grant's point of view?

Part 3) How did the war progress? What tactics were used that led to an ultimate Union victory? How was Grant important in this victory? Could the Union have won without Grant? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Grant came from an encouraging family.

Part 1) How was he encouraged as a child and young adult? How did he feel about this encouragement?

Part 2) How different might Grant's life have been if his parents had not had high hopes for him? How might we all have been affected by this?

Part 3) How have you been encouraged in your own life? How has this influenced your life? How might this affect how you would influence your own children?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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