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. Grant said there was __________ about the campaign to rouse criticism from him.

2. How was Grant dressed at the end of the war?

3. The book concludes with an appendix titled, "Report of Lieutenant-General U.S. Grant of the United States Armies. The opening of that section was addressed to E.M. Stanton, who was the _____________________ and was intended to be an overview report of Grant's involvement in the war.

4. The Confederates attacked a section of the Union forces repeatedly but were turned away each time, and Grant noted what about the Confederates?

5. 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.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. One day, Grant and other officers were within shooting range of Confederate soldiers. Did the soldiers shoot at them? Why or why not?

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

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

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

6. Why did Lee ask about terms for surrender? Are you surprised by this?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Grant came from an encouraging family.

Part 1) How was he encouraged as a child and young adult? How did he feel about this encouragement?

Part 2) How different might Grant's life have been if his parents had not had high hopes for him? How might we all have been affected by this?

Part 3) How have you been encouraged in your own life? How has this influenced your life? How might this affect how you would influence your own children?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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