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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. As Grant made the journey, he encountered a Union loyalist, Mr. ___________, who said there were Confederates in the area and that a neighbor, a Southern sympathizer, was certain to report Grant's presence.

2. Did Grant dwell on the duel he saw?

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

4. Lincoln called for volunteers and Grant joined, taking control of what?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter Sixteen, Grant resigned from the military. Why might he have done this?

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

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

4. Grant planned to attack Fort Donelson and predicted little opposition from the fort's commander. Why? What does this reveal about Grant?

5. Describe the death of General Albert Sidney Johnston. Why might he have told this story?

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

7. 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?

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

9. Describe Ulysses S. Grant's parents.

10. Grant received orders from General Halleck to change his position. Did Grant do this? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Grant tells a story about Confederate Commander Bragg.

Part 1) Summarize this story. Why does Grant tell this story? What does it say about Bragg? What does the telling of this story also say about Grant?

Part 2) How might Bragg's attitude, based on this story, have affected the decisions he made and the ultimate loss of the Confederacy?

Part 3) What message is Grant trying to get across through this story about Bragg? What can you personally learn from it?

Essay Topic 2

General Lee "set up a white flag."

Part 1) How did the battles described in this book lead to Lee's surrender? What battles were the most significant and had the most impact on this Union victory?

Part 2) What role did Grant play throughout this war? How important was Grant to the Union cause? Explain. Could the north have beaten the south without Grant? Why or why not? Use evidence from this book to support your responses.

Part 3) If Grant were to go back and fight the Civil War all over again, do you believe he would have? What changes might he have made to his various plans? Why? Use the book to support your response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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