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. Was the request granted?

3. Were the talks successful?

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

5. In one of those letters, Grant urged Thomas to attack whose rebel forces in Nashville or risk losing the ground he'd gained as far as Chattanooga?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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. Grant travels to Alabama, tours the area, and the first order of business is to create a workable supply line. Why is this the first order of business?

5. How were trenches important in the Battle of the Wilderness? How were they also imperfect?

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

7. How did the march to the sea begin? Why is this important?

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

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

10. What does Grant note about both the battle at Cold Harbor and Vicksburg? Why does he say this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Grant participated in the Mexican War.

Part 1) Describe the Mexican War. Why did it begin? How did it come to an end? How was the U.S. and Mexico affected by the outcome of this war? How is this still seen today?

Part 2) What were Grant's feelings regarding this war? Why did he feel this way? Did he act in a way that revealed these feelings? Why or why not? What are your own thoughts regarding this war, based on information found in this book?

Part 3) What are your feelings about war in general now that you have read this book? What can be said about all wars? How are the wars described in this book unique?

Essay Topic 2

Grant describes and reflects on the battle of Vicksburg.

Part 1) Describe this battle. What events led up to this battle? Why did this battle take place? How was this battle significant?

Part 2) What are Grant's thoughts about the battle of Vicksburg? How have his feelings and thoughts about this battle changed since the battle took place? How does this reflection compare to his reflections upon other battles and events?

Part 3) What is learned about Grant through his memories of Vicksburg? What is also learned about the Civil War and war tactics in general? How might this information be useful for future military leaders?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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