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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. What does Grant say about a fight at Molino del Rey?

2. The assault on the town that is the answer to #82 resulted in ______________ losses.

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

4. In Chapter 36, Grant said the campaign had been successful in doing what?

5. Sherman questioned __________ Grant had planned after the siege at Vicksburg.

Short Essay Questions

1. Grant was named Brigadier-General and said he was surprised by the promotion. Why might he have been surprised?

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

3. Describe Ulysses S. Grant's parents.

4. Grant believed that a "bloodless advance to Atlanta, to Vicksburg, or to any other desired point south of Corinth" would have been possible, but the advantage was never pressed. Why not?

5. 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?

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

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

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. In Chapter Twenty-Nine, troops supporting Grant at Corinth were moved out. How did this affect Grant? What might he have thought of this maneuver?

10. How did Grant feel about being involved in the Mexican War? Why might he have felt this way?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Grant tells a story about Confederate Commander Bragg.

Part 1) Summarize this story. Why does Grant tell this story? What does it say about Bragg? What does the telling of this story also say about Grant?

Part 2) How might Bragg's attitude, based on this story, have affected the decisions he made and the ultimate loss of the Confederacy?

Part 3) What message is Grant trying to get across through this story about Bragg? What can you personally learn from it?

Essay Topic 2

After the fall of Atlanta, the Army of the Potomac began the campaign that would lead to the fall of the Confederate capital.

Part 1) Describe the fall of Atlanta. What tactics were used? What was Grant's opinion of this attack on Atlanta? Why might he have felt this way?

Part 2) Describe the campaign that led to the fall of the Confederate capital. Who organized this campaign? What role did Grant play in this campaign? How did this campaign lead to the fall of the Confederate capital?

Part 3) How significant was the fall of the Confederate capital? Explain. How different might the war have ended, if the Confederate capital had not fallen at this point? Use information from this book to support your response.

Essay Topic 3

Former slaves joined with the Union army.

Part 1) Why might the slaves have joined the Union army? How were they treated? Why were they treated in this way? What does this reveal and/or reinforce about the northern sentiment regarding slaves?

Part 2) How might the slaves have been beneficial to the Union regiments? How could these slaves help the Union army beat the Confederacy?

Part 3) How has our country throughout its history been a safe haven for the needy? Why has it been a place of refuge? How has this influenced American society and helped America become what it is today?

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