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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. After Grant enlisted in the army at the beginning of the Civil War, the women of Galena asked him to describe what in detail?

2. In Chapter 20, Grant's troops came under fire for the first time at Belmont and he said they reacted how?

3. In Chapter 24, Grant arrived with the army at ________________.

4. In Chapter 32, Grant described the pressure of public opinion and said that no matter what criticism occurred, who stood behind him, providing support?

5. In Chapter 29, troops supporting Grant at Corinth were moved out and Grant said it put him in the unenviable position of being what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

7. Sherman wrote to Grant's superior, seeking to force Grant to heed the advice of other commanders. What does this reveal about Grant?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Grant came from an encouraging family.

Part 1) How was he encouraged as a child and young adult? How did he feel about this encouragement?

Part 2) How different might Grant's life have been if his parents had not had high hopes for him? How might we all have been affected by this?

Part 3) How have you been encouraged in your own life? How has this influenced your life? How might this affect how you would influence your own children?

Essay Topic 2

Grant had many responsibilities throughout the Civil War.

Part 1) Describe two of Grant's responsibilities throughout the war. Why was he given each of these responsibilities? How successful was he at each of these tasks? Explain.

Part 2) How did his work during the Civil War affect his relationships with others? How did it influence the war effort as a whole?

Part 3) What responsibilities do you have? How did you receive these responsibilities? How successful have you been at these tasks? Explain. How important has your role been in regards to these responsibilities? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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