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. 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.

3. Grant was assigned to command the Military Division of _________________.

4. In Chapter 60, Grant wrote to Major General Thomas from Grant's headquarters in City Point, _______________, in early December.

5. Lincoln said that his lack of what was a problem?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When Lee's troops were discovered, what was learned about Lee and his men?

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

4. What happened when Grant requested from Lee that a temporary truce take place to remove the dead and wounded? Why did this happen?

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Grant made Abraham Lincoln a promise.

Part 1) What was this promise? Why did he make Lincoln this promise? What events led up to this promise?

Part 2) What does the first meeting between Lincoln and Grant reveal about both of these men? How did this initial meeting affect their relationship throughout the rest of the war?

Part 3) What promises have you made in your own life? Why did you make these promises? Have you been able to keep these promises? Why or why not? How difficult were these promises to try to keep? Explain.

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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