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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. Grant said the campaign against Atlanta lasted some ___________ months and "was one of the most memorable in history."

2. Grant told Sherman in that letter that there were no specific directions forthcoming but urged that he do what?

3. On another occasion, Grant saw a man drawing water from a tree that had fallen in the river and questioned him before discovering what?

4. On December 15, Grant wrote Thomas again, this time congratulating him on his success and urging that he not do what?

5. The march was grueling and Grant said that everyone had been told to carry only what was necessary, but he saw various items discarded along the way. Why?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What was necessary to cut off supplies to enemy troops? Is this still an important tactic today? Why or why not?

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. How were traveling conditions in Virginia different than other parts of the country in which the troops had traveled?

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 made Abraham Lincoln a promise.

Part 1) What was this promise? Why did he make Lincoln this promise? What events led up to this promise?

Part 2) What does the first meeting between Lincoln and Grant reveal about both of these men? How did this initial meeting affect their relationship throughout the rest of the war?

Part 3) What promises have you made in your own life? Why did you make these promises? Have you been able to keep these promises? Why or why not? How difficult were these promises to try to keep? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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