Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. In Chapter 40, Grant arrived in __________ and was sent on to Louisville, where he met Secretary of War Stanton.

2. Grant wrote Sherman a letter on ______________ 3, 1864. He said that it appeared Sherman faced no real obstacles but Grant declined celebrating Sherman's victory, saying he didn't want to do so until "the victory is assured".

3. Grant described the men posted at the edge of the river at Chattanooga and said they were accustomed to seeing what?

4. In Chapter 56, Grant faced the problem of what and was forced to move a flank to cut off Lee's movement to Richmond?

5. Grant said that the army always created a ___________ fronted with a compilation of wood and dirt whenever they stopped, even if just for the night.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Grant note about both the battle at Cold Harbor and Vicksburg? Why does he say this?

2. Grant said it appeared Sherman faced no real obstacles but Grant declined celebrating Sherman's victory, saying he did not want to do so until "the victory is assured." What does this reinforce about Grant's personality?

3. What did Grant's new plan for moving the troops in tandem become?

4. What significant event happened soon after Grant was promoted to Lieutenant General of the Union Army? How was this significant?

5. Why was Fort Fisher important? Why does Grant say it took so long to take this fort?

6. What happened in January when the peace commissioners came to meet with Lincoln? Why might this have happened?

7. Grant travels to Alabama, tours the area, and the first order of business is to create a workable supply line. Why is this the first order of business?

8. At the surrender of the Confederates, the Union men were energized. Why? Should they have been?

9. Grant urged Thomas to attack Hood's rebel forces. How did Thomas respond? Why did he respond in this way?

10. What happened when Grant requested from Lee that a temporary truce take place to remove the dead and wounded? Why did this happen?

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

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 3

Grant describes the turmoil that existed all over the country.

Part 1) Describe this turmoil, according to Grant. What caused this turmoil? How did the U.S. deal with it? Was this adequate? Why or why not? How did this influence the start of the war and the war itself?

Part 2) Did this turmoil exist after the war? Why or why not? What other times throughout the U.S.'s existence have been tumultuous? Why? How did our country manage to lessen this turmoil?

Part 3) Does turmoil exist in our country today? If so, why? If not, why not? Do you see the U.S. suffering from a civil war in the future? Why or why not?

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