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David Hackett Fischer
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Thomas Paine's intention in publishing his second pamphlet?
(a) Evaluate whether or not the American cause has reached an end.
(b) Revive army and civilian spirit for the revolutionary cause.
(c) Consider if the losses in life and other costs are worth the price.
(d) Analyze the course the revolution has taken, and where it stands.

2. George Washington knows that the British are salivating over the prospect of invading and conquering what city as they wait for a river to freeze to allow them passage?
(a) Philadelphia.
(b) Boston.
(c) Trenton.
(d) Baltimore.

3. Military training is important to the British as they feel it enforces what?
(a) Understanding of bugle calls.
(b) Use of equipment.
(c) Troop obedience.
(d) Adoption of skills.

4. In addition to a tendency to lose officers after long engagements in America, the British and Hessians suffer troop losses due to what?
(a) Massive desertion, illness, and lack of food.
(b) Exhaustion, frequently getting lost, and inferior equipment.
(c) Illness, exhaustion, and lack of replacements.
(d) Lack of food, comfort, and no contact with home.

5. How does General Washington respond to families, such as the Van Hornes, who pledge allegiance to the king?
(a) He compels them to relinquish their property and financial assets.
(b) He does nothing other than look down on it.
(c) He deports them to a neutral island in the Caribbean Sea.
(d) He orders them to trial on charges of treason.

6. Where in New York Harbor do the British and Hessian armies arrive?
(a) Manhatten.
(b) Long Island.
(c) Brooklyn.
(d) Staten Island.

7. What habits does General William Howe adopt after he recognizes the rebels' level of resistance?
(a) Fighting harder, resisting longer, and refusing to yield.
(b) Carousing and gambling, indicating he cares little going forward.
(c) Demonstrating courage, conviction, and traits of a gentleman.
(d) Praying, reading his Bible, and baptizing fellow soldiers.

8. At what location are the Americans just a few miles from where the British settle on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River?
(a) Fort Washington.
(b) Fort Lee.
(c) Fort Greene.
(d) Fort Delaware.

9. The Americans move to what state following their defeat in New York?
(a) Delaware.
(b) New Jersey.
(c) Massachusetts.
(d) Connecticut.

10. As the British convene, at what pace does their training continue?
(a) Slowly.
(b) Moderately.
(c) Sporadically.
(d) Furiously.

11. Following their confrontation in November, 1776, near the New Jersey shoreline on the Hudson River, where does General Cornwallis instruct his troops to follow the Americans?
(a) Down to Baltimore.
(b) Back to Philadelphia.
(c) Clear across the state.
(d) North to Boston.

12. What do the British intend to do following their confrontation with the Americans on the New Jersey shoreline of the Hudson River?
(a) Force an American retreat without engaging them in battle.
(b) Defeat the Americans in battle with minimal casualties on either side.
(c) Compel the Americans into surrendering.
(d) Engage the Americans in battle and defeat them.

13. What is the overall goal of the British in America?
(a) Restore Colonial peace and order rather than continue a war.
(b) Achieve Colonial order upon a British war victory.
(c) Ensure a victory in the Colonies at any cost.
(d) Flee the Colonies at the earliest possibility.

14. After what battle has General William Howe essentially given up?
(a) Long Island.
(b) Yorktown.
(c) Trenton.
(d) Bunker Hill.

15. Rather than a retreat from New York, how does General Washington view the maneuver?
(a) As a "slide to the side."
(b) As a "switch in fronts."
(c) As "resorting gear at the rear."
(d) As a "swing to the wing."

Short Answer Questions

1. The summer illness that plagues those fighting the Americans in the latter half of the 1770s strikes which troops?

2. In order to put the Americans down and keep them down, General William Howe feels the British will have to be what?

3. In what month of 1776 do the Americans lose the Battle of Long Island?

4. How extensively do the Americans display their lack of training and discipline?

5. According to the author, during the American's retreat following their defeat in New York, how do the rebels behave?

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