Washington: A Life 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. Which family member of his died while Washington was ill from the tumor?

2. A group of men in Washington's army mutinied and killed their officers because ________________________.

3. Which battle would lead to the surrender of the British army?

4. Why did many townspeople where Washington's army camped refuse to give the soldiers food and clothing?

5. How old was the person in #105 when he/she died in 1781?

Short Essay Questions

1. What personal health and family trauma affected Washington soon after he took office?

2. Why was Washington so disgruntled with some of the people he and his soldiers were fighting for?

3. What were some things that Washington did that made people think he was trying to establish a monarchy in America?

4. When did Washington leave the office of President and return to Mount Vernon as a private citizen?

5. What did Washington do after he took the oath of office as president?

6. Which important battle would lead to the surrender of the British Army?

7. What was the irony of Washington's financial status at the time he was to be inaugurated?

8. What treachery among his own men did Washington face?

9. What did General Charles Lee do that put Washington's men into the heat of battle and for which Lee later faced a court martial?

10. What impression about himself was Washington very careful about preserving?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the impact that Washington's childhood had on him as an adult. What did it mean to be the son of a prominent man in 18th century Virginia? What impact did his father's death have on Washington? What stigmas did Washington live with for his entire life?

Essay Topic 2

During the Revolutionary War period, Thomas Paine wrote that "These are the times that try men's souls." Explain how the times tried the soul of George Washington. What brought him to the depths of despair? What motivated him? What role did he think he had in bringing the American citizens through such desperate times? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Personal identity is an important theme in this book. Who were some of the people who had the strongest personalities? What were their personal codes? How did Washington measure up to these people? What was Washington's personal code? Or did he not have one? Explain.

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