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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 Chapter 41, Grant toured the area and the first order of business was to do what?

2. On another occasion, Grant saw a man drawing water from a tree that had fallen in the river and questioned him before discovering what?

3. Grant joined up with General Meade and said their next goal would be to do what?

4. In Chapter 61, Grant detailed the events leading up to the attempts to rout the Confederates from Fort _____________, located near Wilmington.

5. The Union tried to secure railroads in areas they controlled but the Confederates managed to do what anyway?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did Grant's new plan for moving the troops in tandem become?

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

4. General Burnside found himself in distress for rations. How did loyalists help him and his men?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Grant describes life in San Francisco.

Part 1) Describe San Francisco based on Grant's writings. What did Grant think about San Francisco? What does this reveal about Grant's beliefs and personality?

Part 2) How does the San Francisco of Grants' time compare to San Francisco today? How might San Francisco still be influenced by its past? Why is this information regarding San Francisco's past important to this book?

Part 3) How did Grant's life change during his time in San Francisco? How might this have led to his resignation from the military? How can you relate to this? When in your own life have people, places, and/or events influenced decisions you made?

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

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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