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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. Grant said that he looked back on the taking of "the City of Mexico" and could see that the troops should have done what?

2. Grant joined Sherman on his march into what town?

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

4. What does Grant say about a fight at Molino del Rey?

5. What did Grant say that Indians would do because they did not trust store owners to add up multiple purchases?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

4. 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?

5. Grant asked to be assigned to the cavalry but was assigned to the infantry. What is the difference between these two military groups? Why might he have wanted to be a part of the cavalry?

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

7. Describe Ulysses S. Grant's parents.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Grant, as well as other leaders, continued to fight and lead troops even after being injured.

Part 1) Describe a time in which Grant was injured and continued to lead. Why did he do this? What other leader was injured and continued to lead his men? Why did he do this? What does this reveal about these men? What does this say about the Civil War?

Part 2) Should these men have continued to lead? Why or why not? Would you lead others if you were sick or injured? Why or why not?

Part 3) Would military leaders do this today? Why or why not? In what ways can you support this belief regarding the U.S. military today?

Essay Topic 2

Grant frequently mentions the importance of food.

Part 1) Why is food an important topic for Grant to discuss when recalling events of the Civil War? How did food become vital to an army's chance at victory?

Part 2) What did Grant do to make sure his men received food? What other necessities did the soldiers have? How did Grant provide these? What other tactics did Grant use to improve his army's chances at victory?

Part 3) What do you see as necessities for a military today? What must a military have to be victorious? How does this compare to the necessities of the Civil War?

Essay Topic 3

Grant made Abraham Lincoln a promise.

Part 1) What was this promise? Why did he make Lincoln this promise? What events led up to this promise?

Part 2) What does the first meeting between Lincoln and Grant reveal about both of these men? How did this initial meeting affect their relationship throughout the rest of the war?

Part 3) What promises have you made in your own life? Why did you make these promises? Have you been able to keep these promises? Why or why not? How difficult were these promises to try to keep? Explain.

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