Washington's Crossing Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Washington is not everyone's first choice as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army. Why is he selected?
(a) Southern delegates insist on a Virginian.
(b) Southern delegates insist on a Georgian.
(c) Northern delegates insist on a Pennsylvanian.
(d) Southern delegates insist on a North Carolinian.

2. What does Congress grant George Washington in order to build his new army?
(a) Full power within stipulated financial limitations.
(b) Reasonable power with limited restrictions.
(c) Full power using any means he sees fit.
(d) Highly limited power within strict guidelines.

3. How does British military training compare with that of the American Revolutionaries?
(a) Significantly different.
(b) Virtually the same.
(c) Fairly similar.
(d) Identical.

4. On what single most urgent task does Thoma Paine attempt to concentrate the mind of the nation?
(a) Achieve national unity, with determination.
(b) Obtain a true democratic government, nationally.
(c) Quickly rebuilding its army.
(d) Attain a guerrilla combat victory, soon.

5. What factor plays a significant role in British military training?
(a) Discipline.
(b) Allowance of wine at meals.
(c) Purchasing rank levels.
(d) A significant number with criminal pasts.

6. If a Hessian soldier misbehaves, who else suffers the same consequences?
(a) Fellow troops in his squad.
(b) Fellow citizens of his home village or town.
(c) Fellow members in his family.
(d) Fellow troops in his regiment.

7. 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 orders them to trial on charges of treason.
(c) He does nothing other than look down on it.
(d) He deports them to a neutral island in the Caribbean Sea.

8. General Washington believes that only 20% of British forces are on Long Island and are ready for battle. In reality, what is this percentage?
(a) 75%.
(b) 50%.
(c) 100%.
(d) 90%.

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

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

11. After the British depart, Washington marches through what town with his troops and is hailed as a hero?
(a) Boston.
(b) Hartford.
(c) New York.
(d) Richmond.

12. What is the title of Thomas Paine's second pamphlet?
(a) The American Revolution.
(b) The American Crisis.
(c) The Colonial Crisis.
(d) The Colonial Revolution.

13. The author believes that, as the Americans mature as a cohesive unit, they will eventually see the benefits of what?
(a) Intelligence and marching skills.
(b) Spiritual faith and discipline.
(c) Order and discipline.
(d) Order and religiou faith.

14. How certain is General William Howe about how successful the British army will be in opposition to the American rebels?
(a) He is unsure of the success.
(b) He is convinced 99% of the success.
(c) He is relatively sure of the success.
(d) He is certain of the success.

15. Who expands the Hessian army?
(a) Wilhelm Karl Friedrich II.
(b) Johann Gottlieb II.
(c) Friedrich Wilhelm II.
(d) Andreas von Wiederholdt II.

Short Answer Questions

1. The British peg Richard Stockton as a signer of the Declaration of Independence, capture him, and then compel him to do what?

2. After General Washington leaves New York, where do the British follow the Americans over the Hudson River ?

3. How does the American military system prove its superiority?

4. Why do the British opt not to hire the Hessian army to serve in the Colonies long before the American Revolution?

5. As George Washington makes plans for a surprise attack on Trenton, where do Richard and William Howe disperse the British forces?

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