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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 65, Grant described the battle at _________ Forks and the battles leading up to the final march on Petersburg.

2. 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?

3. The book concludes with an appendix titled, "Report of Lieutenant-General U.S. Grant of the United States Armies. The opening of that section was addressed to E.M. Stanton, who was the _____________________ and was intended to be an overview report of Grant's involvement in the war.

4. In Chapter 65, the Union captured Petersburg and who visited with Grant there the day after the final assault?

5. On May 22, Grant issued orders that scouts be sent out in search of what?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. General Burnside found himself in distress for rations. How did loyalists help him and his men?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

Grant describes several letters he wrote throughout his life.

Part 1) Describe two of these letters. To whom were they written? Why were they written? What do they reveal about Grant, the receivers of the letters, and life in the U.S. in the mid-nineteenth century?

Part 2) How are these letters significant? Based on these letters how influential was Grant? What did Grant think of himself? Why did he feel this way? How is this seen throughout his life?

Part 3) Describe letters and e-mails that you have written recently. What were the subjects of these letters/e-mails? What might they reveal about you, the receivers of the letters/e-mails and your relationship to the recipients of these letters/e-mails?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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