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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 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.

2. Grant said General Rosecrans, who had not been successful at Corinth, did what in his advance again upon Corinth?

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

4. Grant contrasted General _______ with General Taylor.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Grant's troops came under fire for the first time at Belmont and he said they acted like veteran fighters. Why might they have fought so well?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Grant witnesses a duel.

Part 1) Describe this duel. Why does Grant discuss this duel? How is he affected by witnessing this duel? What does this reflection on this duel reveal about Grant?

Part 2) At what other times does Grant reflect upon the events taking place around him? Why does he reflect on these events? What do these reflections reveal about him?

Part 3) When have you reflected on past events? How were these events important? How did these events impact your life?

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