Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer 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. The Confederates attacked a section of the Union forces repeatedly but were turned away each time, and Grant noted what about the Confederates?

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

4. Grant had another meeting with Lincoln and when Grant outlined his plan and reason for advancing, Lincoln said that he understood and compared it to a saying he'd heard, "If a man can't skin he must hold ___________ while somebody else does".

5. Grant described the complicated maneuvering it took to establish a siege of ______________.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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 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?

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