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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. A Confederate officer later said that he'd pointed Grant out to his men, saying that they were welcome to shoot him. Did anyone shoot at him?

2. Grant reported in September at the ________________ Barracks in St. Louis.

3. In Chapter 30, Grant described the battle at Vicksburg and Sherman's advance along the ___________ River.

4. Who taunted Grant?

5. The assault on the town that is the answer to #82 resulted in ______________ losses.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did the Confederate women cry when they learned that the Union had the upper hand in the war?

3. Describe Ulysses S. Grant's parents.

4. Grant's troops came under fire for the first time at Belmont and he said they acted like veteran fighters. Why might they have fought so well?

5. Why did Lincoln recall the saying that "If a man can't skin he must hold a leg while somebody else does?"

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

7. 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?

8. How did Grant believe his men and General Meade's men should catch up to Lee and his men? Why?

9. What did Grant think about this new campaign involving all the troops? Why?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Grant planned on doing a short stint in the military before going into teaching.

Part 1) How did Grant feel about military life early one? Why did he feel this way? How did his feelings about the military change throughout his life? Why did his feelings change?

Part 2) Why might Grant have been interested in teaching? How is this desire to be a teacher seen in the way he led, encouraged, and urged his men during the Civil War?

Part 3) How have plans for your own life altered as you have grown older? How have your feelings changed regarding certain topics? Why? How can you relate to the changes that took place in Grant's life?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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