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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. Did Grant know everything there was to know about the war being waged in Mexico?

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

3. Grant was impressed with whom at West Point?

4. In Chapter 22, Grant planned to attack Fort Donelson but was hampered by what?

5. Grant said General Rosecrans, who had not been successful at Corinth, did what in his advance again upon Corinth?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Grant set up a supply depot at Perkins' plantation and described a sense of relief. Why was there a sense of relief?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. When Lincoln called for volunteers at the start of the Civil War, Grant joined. Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Grant describes several letters he wrote throughout his life.

Part 1) Describe two of these letters. To whom were they written? Why were they written? What do they reveal about Grant, the receivers of the letters, and life in the U.S. in the mid-nineteenth century?

Part 2) How are these letters significant? Based on these letters how influential was Grant? What did Grant think of himself? Why did he feel this way? How is this seen throughout his life?

Part 3) Describe letters and e-mails that you have written recently. What were the subjects of these letters/e-mails? What might they reveal about you, the receivers of the letters/e-mails and your relationship to the recipients of these letters/e-mails?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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