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The Ulysses S. Grant Quiz
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He was one of the most popular and respected men of the Civil War era. How much do you know about Ulysses S. Grant?

What was Grant's nickname?

  • "Lead Storm"
  • "Unconditional Surrender"
  • "Hard Chargin'"

How many slaves did Grant own in 1860?

  • none
  • one
  • two

In which war did Grant see his first combat action?

  • Yakima War
  • Apache Wars
  • Mexican-American War

What is Ulysses S. Grant's middle name?

  • Ulysses
  • Samuel
  • Sheppard

When the Civil War began, what was Grant's rank?

  • Lieutenant
  • Colonel
  • Sergeant

Numerically, which president was Grant?

  • 15th president
  • 17th president
  • 18th president

Which job did Grant NOT try before taking up the military as a career?

  • farmer
  • accountant
  • real estate agent

How did Grant die?

  • a broken leg that became infected
  • a festering bullet wound
  • from cancer

In how many elected positions did Grant serve before becoming U.S. president?

  • none
  • one
  • two

Which organization did Grant help to neutralize during his presidency?

  • the KKK
  • Sons of Liberty
  • Sons of Confederate Veterans

Who did Grant defeat to win his first presidency?

  • Francis Blair
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Horatio Seymour

In a pinch what product did Grant sell on the street in St. Louis?

  • beer
  • firewood
  • candles

Grant was promoted to Lt. General after his victory at which battle?

  • Shiloh
  • Vicksburg
  • Gettysburg

Why did Grant let Confederate soldiers keep their horses after the war ended?

  • He felt sorry for them.
  • He thought kindness would lead to peace.
  • He didn't like horses, anyway.

How did Grant lose his life savings after serving as president?

  • the stock market crashed
  • a financial company went out of business
  • His home was burglarized.

When he realized he was going to die, how did Grant manage to make enough money for his family to live on?

  • He took a wealthy socialite as a mistress.
  • He asked war-era friends for loans.
  • He published his memoirs.

What business was Grant working at when the Civil War broke out?

  • mailman
  • leather business
  • farrier

At an early stage of his military career, Grant was renowned for which ability?

  • hand-to-hand combat
  • horseback riding
  • marksmanship

What day did Grant say was the "darkest" of his life?

  • Lincoln's assasination
  • his wife's death
  • his daughter's death

How many people turned out to witness Grant's funeral procession?

  • around 100,000
  • around 400,000
  • around 1 million

Which organization did Grant form during his presidency?

  • the U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Justice
  • The FBI

Grant achieved the Union's first landmark victory in the Civil War.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

What was the Whiskey Ring scandal?

  • consumer deaths caused by poor distillation
  • a close circle of the president's friends who were always drunk
  • a ring of liquor businessmen dodging taxes

In which state was Grant born?

  • Ohio
  • Iowa
  • Michigan

How old was Grant when he died?

  • 71
  • 63
  • 59

Early in his career, why was Grant forced out of the Army?

  • He was too rebellious.
  • He was drunk.
  • He assaulted an officer.

When a group of men told President Lincoln that Grant was an alcoholic, how did the president respond?

  • He asked what kind of booze Grant liked to drink.
  • He said he would think about the situation.
  • He said he would terminate Grant if the drinking ever caused a problem.

How many times were Confederate armies forced to surrender to Grant?

  • three times
  • five times
  • seven times

For what behavior was Grant continually scolded during his time at West Point?

  • poor condition of his uniform
  • He back talked to superiors.
  • He kept missing his drills.

What percentage of the popular vote did Grant win in order to secure his second term as president?

  • He didn't win a majority.
  • 56 percent
  • 51 percent