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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. Who was Nicholas P. Trist?

2. Ulysses S. Grant's mother was ______________ and her family was from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and he knew little about her parentage.

3. On ____________, Grant issued a series of orders, including an order sending John A. McClernand to the right wing, Sherman to the left, and James B. McPherson at the middle.

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

5. While the United States wanted a war with Mexico over disputed territory, Grant said what was important?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. Grant received orders to support the army with the possessions of those favoring the Southern cause. Why was he given these orders.

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Grant describes life in San Francisco.

Part 1) Describe San Francisco based on Grant's writings. What did Grant think about San Francisco? What does this reveal about Grant's beliefs and personality?

Part 2) How does the San Francisco of Grants' time compare to San Francisco today? How might San Francisco still be influenced by its past? Why is this information regarding San Francisco's past important to this book?

Part 3) How did Grant's life change during his time in San Francisco? How might this have led to his resignation from the military? How can you relate to this? When in your own life have people, places, and/or events influenced decisions you made?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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