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 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?

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

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

4. In Chapter 65, Grant described the battle at _________ Forks and the battles leading up to the final march on Petersburg.

5. The Union troops left behind in ______________ were called on to defend the city from invading Confederate soldiers.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What did Grant think about this new campaign involving all the troops? Why?

10. 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?

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 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 3

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?

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