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

2. In Chapter 43, Sherman was ordered to prepare to attack _________________ and he successfully maneuvered into position.

3. In Chapter 63, it became evident that the war was nearing an end. The peace commissioners from the Confederacy arrived in _____________ to meet with Lincoln.

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

5. Grant was assigned to command the Military Division of _________________.

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. Why, in Chapter Fifty-Nine, does Grant step back in time to Sherman's march to the sea?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Grant witnesses a duel.

Part 1) Describe this duel. Why does Grant discuss this duel? How is he affected by witnessing this duel? What does this reflection on this duel reveal about Grant?

Part 2) At what other times does Grant reflect upon the events taking place around him? Why does he reflect on these events? What do these reflections reveal about him?

Part 3) When have you reflected on past events? How were these events important? How did these events impact your life?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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