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. Lee responded to the letter by saying he would surrender. Why?

2. Were the talks successful?

3. In Chapter 40, Grant arrived in __________ and was sent on to Louisville, where he met Secretary of War Stanton.

4. Grant traveled to _______________ where he met with Rosecrans, another commander who had troops in serious distress at Chattanooga.

5. Grant joined up with General Meade and said their next goal would be to do what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What significant event happened soon after Grant was promoted to Lieutenant General of the Union Army? How was this significant?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 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.

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