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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. Ulysses S. Grant's mother was ______________ and her family was from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and he knew little about her parentage.

2. Grant cited the nature of the fort's commander and predicted what?

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

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

5. In Chapter 25, Grant said Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston was wounded at Shiloh and, refusing to give up his command because _________________, remained on his horse until he was so weak from loss of blood that he died.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. General Burnside found himself in distress for rations. How did loyalists help him and his men?

3. How were trenches important in the Battle of the Wilderness? How were they also imperfect?

4. Grant said that once the City of Mexico fell, it seemed that a long-term occupation would be necessary. Why might he believe this?

5. How were traveling conditions in Virginia different than other parts of the country in which the troops had traveled?

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

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

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

9. How does Grant contrast General Scott with General Taylor?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Grant describes the turmoil that existed all over the country.

Part 1) Describe this turmoil, according to Grant. What caused this turmoil? How did the U.S. deal with it? Was this adequate? Why or why not? How did this influence the start of the war and the war itself?

Part 2) Did this turmoil exist after the war? Why or why not? What other times throughout the U.S.'s existence have been tumultuous? Why? How did our country manage to lessen this turmoil?

Part 3) Does turmoil exist in our country today? If so, why? If not, why not? Do you see the U.S. suffering from a civil war in the future? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Grant describes life in San Francisco.

Part 1) Describe San Francisco based on Grant's writings. What did Grant think about San Francisco? What does this reveal about Grant's beliefs and personality?

Part 2) How does the San Francisco of Grants' time compare to San Francisco today? How might San Francisco still be influenced by its past? Why is this information regarding San Francisco's past important to this book?

Part 3) How did Grant's life change during his time in San Francisco? How might this have led to his resignation from the military? How can you relate to this? When in your own life have people, places, and/or events influenced decisions you made?

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