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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 described the men posted at the edge of the river at Chattanooga and said they were accustomed to seeing what?

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

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

4. Grant ordered a commander named General _________ to begin rebuilding the railroad though they have only primitive tools and this general's abilities with which to work.

5. Grant wrote a lengthy letter outlining a new plan to move all the Union troops how?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did Lee ask about terms for surrender? Are you surprised by this?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What was most devastating about the Battle of the Wilderness?

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

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

Grant gives detailed information about troops and their positions and strengths under specific commanders.

Part 1) Describe two times in which Grant does this. How is this information pertinent to events in Grant's life? What does this information reveal about Grant?

Part 2) Why does Grant give this information? How can military historians and military leaders of today benefit from this information? How might the commanders of troops in question feel about Grant's attitude towards them? Why?

Part 3) Would a military commander today include such detailed information to the public today? Why or why not? How have military tactics and plans become more and more difficult to keep secret? How is this both good and bad?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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