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. The Union troops left behind in ______________ were called on to defend the city from invading Confederate soldiers.

2. The army clashed with Lee's forces at the Battle of ________________, and Grant noted that there were dead and wounded left in a large, wooded area. When the woods caught on fire, there was no way to reach the wounded and those unable to drag themselves away died there.

3. Grant ordered a commander named General _________ to begin rebuilding the railroad though they have only primitive tools and this general's abilities with which to work.

4. Grant was assigned to command the Military Division of _________________.

5. Nine days later, Grant wrote another letter to Thomas, this time demanding that Thomas do what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did the march to the sea begin? Why is this important?

3. 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?

4. Why, in Chapter Fifty-Nine, does Grant step back in time to Sherman's march to the sea?

5. Grant tells a story about Confederate Commander Bragg. Why does he tell this story?

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

7. Describe Grant and Lee at the end of the war. What does this reveal about each man?

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

9. Why did Lee ask about terms for surrender? Are you surprised by this?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The women living during the Civil War are mentioned several times during this book.

Part 1) Describe the times when these women are mentioned. Based on this information, how did many women spend their time during the Civil War? How did they support their cause?

Part 2) Based on Grant's description of these women, what might have been his opinion of them and their plight as the mothers, wives, sisters, and friends of men in the war?

Part 3) How has the role of women during war time changed since the Civil War? Why has this role changed? In what other ways has the role of American women changed since the nineteenth century? How are you and your friends affected by the changes that have taken place regarding the role of women in American society?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Grant gives detailed information about troops and their positions and strengths under specific commanders.

Part 1) Describe two times in which Grant does this. How is this information pertinent to events in Grant's life? What does this information reveal about Grant?

Part 2) Why does Grant give this information? How can military historians and military leaders of today benefit from this information? How might the commanders of troops in question feel about Grant's attitude towards them? Why?

Part 3) Would a military commander today include such detailed information to the public today? Why or why not? How have military tactics and plans become more and more difficult to keep secret? How is this both good and bad?

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