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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 dwell on the duel he saw?

2. ______________ fell on Grant and left him painfully bruised and swollen.

3. Where was Grant born?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Ulysses S. Grant's parents.

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

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

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

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

9. Grant describes the pressure of public opinion. How is public opinion even more important in military operations today?

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 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?

Essay Topic 2

When Lincoln called for volunteers, Grant joined.

Part 1) Why did Grant join the military again? What does his reasoning reveal about him? Does this reveal a change in Grant? Why or why not? Would you be so willing to volunteer? Why or why not?

Part 2) Describe the beginning of the war from Grant's perspective. What can be learned about the Civil War by reading this book? What can be learned about Americans at this time by viewing life from Grant's point of view?

Part 3) How did the war progress? What tactics were used that led to an ultimate Union victory? How was Grant important in this victory? Could the Union have won without Grant? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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