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

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

3. In Chapter 69, Grant described the capture of Jefferson Davis and the surrender of General _____________.

4. In Chapter 51, Grant looked back on the battle. He said the Union forces were commended for their ability to ___________________, then performing as a unit.

5. In Chapter 61, Grant detailed the events leading up to the attempts to rout the Confederates from Fort _____________, located near Wilmington.

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened when Grant requested from Lee that a temporary truce take place to remove the dead and wounded? Why did this happen?

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

3. Grant outlines troops, their positions and their strengths under specific commanders. What is the reason Grant does this?

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Grant tells a story about Confederate Commander Bragg.

Part 1) Summarize this story. Why does Grant tell this story? What does it say about Bragg? What does the telling of this story also say about Grant?

Part 2) How might Bragg's attitude, based on this story, have affected the decisions he made and the ultimate loss of the Confederacy?

Part 3) What message is Grant trying to get across through this story about Bragg? What can you personally learn from it?

Essay Topic 2

When Lincoln called for volunteers, Grant joined.

Part 1) Why did Grant join the military again? What does his reasoning reveal about him? Does this reveal a change in Grant? Why or why not? Would you be so willing to volunteer? Why or why not?

Part 2) Describe the beginning of the war from Grant's perspective. What can be learned about the Civil War by reading this book? What can be learned about Americans at this time by viewing life from Grant's point of view?

Part 3) How did the war progress? What tactics were used that led to an ultimate Union victory? How was Grant important in this victory? Could the Union have won without Grant? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Grant describes the turmoil that existed all over the country.

Part 1) Describe this turmoil, according to Grant. What caused this turmoil? How did the U.S. deal with it? Was this adequate? Why or why not? How did this influence the start of the war and the war itself?

Part 2) Did this turmoil exist after the war? Why or why not? What other times throughout the U.S.'s existence have been tumultuous? Why? How did our country manage to lessen this turmoil?

Part 3) Does turmoil exist in our country today? If so, why? If not, why not? Do you see the U.S. suffering from a civil war in the future? Why or why not?

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