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

2. In what role did Grant meet Lincoln for the first time?

3. 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.

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

5. Grant told Sherman in that letter that there were no specific directions forthcoming but urged that he do what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Grant believe his men and General Meade's men should catch up to Lee and his men? Why?

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. 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?

10. What happened in January when the peace commissioners came to meet with Lincoln? Why might this have happened?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Grant had many responsibilities throughout the Civil War.

Part 1) Describe two of Grant's responsibilities throughout the war. Why was he given each of these responsibilities? How successful was he at each of these tasks? Explain.

Part 2) How did his work during the Civil War affect his relationships with others? How did it influence the war effort as a whole?

Part 3) What responsibilities do you have? How did you receive these responsibilities? How successful have you been at these tasks? Explain. How important has your role been in regards to these responsibilities? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

After the fall of Atlanta, the Army of the Potomac began the campaign that would lead to the fall of the Confederate capital.

Part 1) Describe the fall of Atlanta. What tactics were used? What was Grant's opinion of this attack on Atlanta? Why might he have felt this way?

Part 2) Describe the campaign that led to the fall of the Confederate capital. Who organized this campaign? What role did Grant play in this campaign? How did this campaign lead to the fall of the Confederate capital?

Part 3) How significant was the fall of the Confederate capital? Explain. How different might the war have ended, if the Confederate capital had not fallen at this point? Use information from this book to support your response.

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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