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. When did Grant first meet Lee?

2. The march began with a supply of _________ days' rations, a supply of ammunition and a herd of cattle being driven along with the army.

3. On May 16, 1864, Grant sent a letter to Halleck, outlining the poor roads that had become impassable due to what?

4. A letter dated _____________, 1864, from Grant to General Meade, indicated Grant's desire that Meade determine when he should withdraw troops from a deadly situation and when to press.

5. At Grant's request, _________________ was transferred to take over the command of the Army of Tennessee which was headquartered near Grant's location.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. At the surrender of the Confederates, the Union men were energized. Why? Should they have been?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Former slaves joined with the Union army.

Part 1) Why might the slaves have joined the Union army? How were they treated? Why were they treated in this way? What does this reveal and/or reinforce about the northern sentiment regarding slaves?

Part 2) How might the slaves have been beneficial to the Union regiments? How could these slaves help the Union army beat the Confederacy?

Part 3) How has our country throughout its history been a safe haven for the needy? Why has it been a place of refuge? How has this influenced American society and helped America become what it is today?

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

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?

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