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. At Grant's request, _________________ was transferred to take over the command of the Army of Tennessee which was headquartered near Grant's location.

2. Grant wrote a lengthy letter outlining a new plan to move all the Union troops how?

3. One of Grant's commanders, General _______________, arrived at a house where Grant was seated on the verandah. The house belonged to Confederate loyalists and Grant was simply waiting there to watch the advance of his men.

4. Lee claimed to know Grant from what?

5. On ____________ 7, 1865, Grant sent Lee a note, saying further fighting would be useless and urging an end to the war.

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Grant believe his men and General Meade's men should catch up to Lee and his men? Why?

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

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

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

5. Describe the casualties at the Courthouse at Spotsylvania. Did this affect Grant? Why or why not?

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

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. 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. What was most devastating about the Battle of the Wilderness?

10. How important was slavery to the turmoil and eventual war between the states, according to Grant.

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

Grant frequently mentions the importance of food.

Part 1) Why is food an important topic for Grant to discuss when recalling events of the Civil War? How did food become vital to an army's chance at victory?

Part 2) What did Grant do to make sure his men received food? What other necessities did the soldiers have? How did Grant provide these? What other tactics did Grant use to improve his army's chances at victory?

Part 3) What do you see as necessities for a military today? What must a military have to be victorious? How does this compare to the necessities of the Civil War?

Essay Topic 3

Grant was ordered to San Francisco.

Part 1) What was Grant's attitude regarding himself and the city of San Francisco? Why did he feel this way? How was his opinion of himself and his opinion of San Francisco changed after moving to there? How was he affected by these changes?

Part 2) Why might the people of San Francisco treat him they way they did? What does this reveal about the citizens of San Francisco? How was Grant treated by others throughout his life? How does this treatment compare to the treatment he received in San Francisco?

Part 3) Describe a time in which you were treated differently than you had expected to be treated. What was your reaction to this? How did this affect you?

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