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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 10, the military moved quickly from Vera Cruz to avoid what?

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

3. In Chapter 34, the Union troops captured Port ____________. Grant was accompanied by his thirteen-year-old son.

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

5. How does Grant describe the civilians at Monterey?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the casualties at the Courthouse at Spotsylvania. Did this affect Grant? 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 was disappointed by the reaction of others in San Francisco to him in uniform. Why might he have felt this way?

5. Why, in Chapter Fifty-Nine, does Grant step back in time to Sherman's march to the sea?

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

7. Why did Lincoln recall the saying that "If a man can't skin he must hold a leg while somebody else does?"

8. Grant outlines troops, their positions and their strengths under specific commanders. What is the reason Grant does this?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 was ordered to San Francisco.

Part 1) What was Grant's attitude regarding himself and the city of San Francisco? Why did he feel this way? How was his opinion of himself and his opinion of San Francisco changed after moving to there? How was he affected by these changes?

Part 2) Why might the people of San Francisco treat him they way they did? What does this reveal about the citizens of San Francisco? How was Grant treated by others throughout his life? How does this treatment compare to the treatment he received in San Francisco?

Part 3) Describe a time in which you were treated differently than you had expected to be treated. What was your reaction to this? How did this affect you?

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