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

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What do the people view Washington as being?
(a) A poor military leader.
(b) A true leader.
(c) Best suited to plantation management.
(d) Strictly a politician.

2. How many Hessian soldiers do the British hire?
(a) Several thousand.
(b) Tens of thousands.
(c) Hundreds of thousands.
(d) Several hundred.

3. Believing the American rebellion is over, citizens of which city flee fearing the opposing forces are nearing?
(a) Hoboken.
(b) Philadelphia.
(c) Newark.
(d) Lancaster.

4. The opposing forces' problems are not directly due to the Americans, but from the failing strength of the British and Hessian forces reulting from what?
(a) Being spread too thin.
(b) Running out of food.
(c) Desertion of troops.
(d) Massive iIllness being incurred.

5. Where does General William Howe become part of a strong demonstration intended to force the Colonists back to their proper allegiance?
(a) Long Island.
(b) Boston.
(c) Trenton.
(d) Philadelphia.

6. At one point, what is it that haunts General William Howe about the Battle at Bunker Hill, which is eventually won by the British?
(a) How few officers die.
(b) The endless supply of rebel weapons and munitions.
(c) The comparable military skills of the rebels.
(d) The amount of bloodshed.

7. What type of concept is the British light infantry?
(a) Practiced only by British marines.
(b) Ancient.
(c) New.
(d) Since early 1500s.

8. According to the author, during the American's retreat following their defeat in New York, how do the rebels behave?
(a) Like a beaten army in flight.
(b) Unlike a beaten army in skirmishes along the road.
(c) In full resistance to the British and Hessians.
(d) In stubborn resistance when they are nearly in equal opposition.

9. Although the Colonists do not win this episode, after what incident does General William Howe come to believe the British will lose the war?
(a) The Battle of Bunker Hill.
(b) The Battle of Yorktown.
(c) The Battle of Long Island.
(d) The Battle of Trenton.

10. 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) North to Boston.
(c) Back to Philadelphia.
(d) Clear across the state.

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

12. 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 Delaware.
(c) Fort Lee.
(d) Fort Greene.

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

14. In the chapter entitled "The Crisis," the author notes people already use the title "his Excellency" when speaking to George Washington, but identifies what other term as having a very different tone to it?
(a) Tyrant.
(b) Oppressor.
(c) Dictator.
(d) Despot.

15. The Hessian troops are exhausted and want to move where to fully rest themselves?
(a) Boston.
(b) Better quarters.
(c) Germany.
(d) New York.

Short Answer Questions

1. The Americans move to what state following their defeat in New York?

2. Rather than a retreat from New York, how does General Washington view the maneuver?

3. After their victory in New York, the British make plans to settle down for the winter. However, what distance factor works against them in a big way?

4. What does the British militia instruct beyond a general attitude?

5. At what rate does the Hessian army expand?

(see the answer keys)

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