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. Grant said the campaign against Atlanta lasted some ___________ months and "was one of the most memorable in history."

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

4. A change in what alerted Grant that there was likely to be a change in tactics, a fact that was soon proven true?

5. Grant described the men posted at the edge of the river at Chattanooga and said they were accustomed to seeing what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe the casualties at the Courthouse at Spotsylvania. Did this affect Grant? Why or why not?

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

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

10. Grant tells a story about Confederate Commander Bragg. Why does he tell this story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The women living during the Civil War are mentioned several times during this book.

Part 1) Describe the times when these women are mentioned. Based on this information, how did many women spend their time during the Civil War? How did they support their cause?

Part 2) Based on Grant's description of these women, what might have been his opinion of them and their plight as the mothers, wives, sisters, and friends of men in the war?

Part 3) How has the role of women during war time changed since the Civil War? Why has this role changed? In what other ways has the role of American women changed since the nineteenth century? How are you and your friends affected by the changes that have taken place regarding the role of women in American society?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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