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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. The move was prompted, in part, by the proximity of whom?

2. How does Grant feel about his involvement in the Mexican War?

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

4. In Chapter 39, Grant outlined a plan to assault ___________ that was eventually vetoed.

5. Eventually, Grant was ordered to San Francisco. When Grant's uniform first arrived, he put it on and went out in public. Why?

Short Essay Questions

1. Grant arrived in San Francisco and said there were many there seeking their fortunes in gold. How might this gold rush still be seen today?

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

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

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

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

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

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. Grant was disappointed by the reaction of others in San Francisco to him in uniform. Why might he have felt this way?

9. 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?

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

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 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?

Essay Topic 3

Grant participated in the Mexican War.

Part 1) Describe the Mexican War. Why did it begin? How did it come to an end? How was the U.S. and Mexico affected by the outcome of this war? How is this still seen today?

Part 2) What were Grant's feelings regarding this war? Why did he feel this way? Did he act in a way that revealed these feelings? Why or why not? What are your own thoughts regarding this war, based on information found in this book?

Part 3) What are your feelings about war in general now that you have read this book? What can be said about all wars? How are the wars described in this book unique?

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