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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. After Grant enlisted in the army at the beginning of the Civil War, the women of Galena asked him to describe what in detail?

2. In Chapter 35, Grant learned that McPherson's campaign was successful and Grant, who was with Sherman's men, pressed the advantage in order to capture who?

3. Where was Grant born?

4. Who taunted Grant?

5. 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.

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

6. Grant attended a bull fight. How did he feel about this? Why might he have felt this way?

7. Describe Ulysses S. Grant's parents.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After the fall of Atlanta, the Army of the Potomac began the campaign that would lead to the fall of the Confederate capital.

Part 1) Describe the fall of Atlanta. What tactics were used? What was Grant's opinion of this attack on Atlanta? Why might he have felt this way?

Part 2) Describe the campaign that led to the fall of the Confederate capital. Who organized this campaign? What role did Grant play in this campaign? How did this campaign lead to the fall of the Confederate capital?

Part 3) How significant was the fall of the Confederate capital? Explain. How different might the war have ended, if the Confederate capital had not fallen at this point? Use information from this book to support your response.

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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