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. 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.

2. Grant described the condition of Union troops as he arrived at Chattanooga. He said that they had little wood available to them and their clothing was insufficient for the coming winter, but that there was no way to get supplies in until when?

3. Two days later, Grant set up a military trap with several troops apparently exposed to attack, hoping what?

4. The book includes a series of footnotes, apparently written by ____________, further explaining sections of the text.

5. The ladies had, until Grant received communiqués from his commanders and read them in front of the ladies, believed what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When Lee's troops were discovered, what was learned about Lee and his men?

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

4. How were trenches important in the Battle of the Wilderness? How were they also imperfect?

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

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

7. What is Grant promise Lincoln? Why did he make this promise?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Grant, as well as other leaders, continued to fight and lead troops even after being injured.

Part 1) Describe a time in which Grant was injured and continued to lead. Why did he do this? What other leader was injured and continued to lead his men? Why did he do this? What does this reveal about these men? What does this say about the Civil War?

Part 2) Should these men have continued to lead? Why or why not? Would you lead others if you were sick or injured? Why or why not?

Part 3) Would military leaders do this today? Why or why not? In what ways can you support this belief regarding the U.S. military today?

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

Former slaves joined with the Union army.

Part 1) Why might the slaves have joined the Union army? How were they treated? Why were they treated in this way? What does this reveal and/or reinforce about the northern sentiment regarding slaves?

Part 2) How might the slaves have been beneficial to the Union regiments? How could these slaves help the Union army beat the Confederacy?

Part 3) How has our country throughout its history been a safe haven for the needy? Why has it been a place of refuge? How has this influenced American society and helped America become what it is today?

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