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 is one important way the Americans display their lack of training and discipline?
(a) Their unwillingness to give their lives to the effort.
(b) Their lack of dedication to the cause in difficult times.
(c) Their virtual inability to utilize firearms.
(d) Their maintaining their lodging in disarray and constantly soiled.

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

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

4. When the Americans initially flee Long Island, what initially prevents their enemy from catching up?
(a) Bad weather.
(b) Lack of boats with shallow water access.
(c) Low munitions supplies.
(d) Low food supplies.

5. As George Washington makes plans for a surprise attack on Trenton, where do Richard and William Howe disperse the British forces?
(a) Across southern New Jersey.
(b) Far and wide throughout New Jersey.
(c) Across western New Jersey.
(d) Throughout eastern New Jersey and New York.

6. At the time of the American Revolution, which force is equal to the British army?
(a) French army.
(b) They have no equal.
(c) Hessian army.
(d) Spanish army.

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

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

9. Who does not allow the Hessians the rest they request?
(a) General William Howe.
(b) Friedrich Wilhelm II.
(c) Colonel Johann Gottlieb Rall.
(d) Lieutenant Andreas von Wiederholdt.

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

11. The Hessian system of discipline differs from that of the British in that the Hessians make greater use of what?
(a) Corporal punishment.
(b) Uniform Code of Military Justice.
(c) Royal legal system.
(d) Requiring extra drill practice.

12. 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) Oppressor.
(b) Dictator.
(c) Despot.
(d) Tyrant.

13. Why do the British opt not to hire the Hessian army to serve in the Colonies long before the American Revolution?
(a) They are not trustworthy.
(b) They do not speak their language.
(c) They are too costly.
(d) They are not sufficiently skilled.

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

15. What do the British learn after mastering the skill of marching?
(a) Physical exercise.
(b) Reconnaissance.
(c) Hand-to-hand combat.
(d) Use of weapons.

Short Answer Questions

1. The American troops are given how many days' advance notice to get supplies and weaponry together to create the element of surprise in their attack on Trenton?

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

3. What is a big issue facing the American rebels?

4. General Washington believes that only 20% of British forces are on Long Island and are ready for battle. In reality, what is this percentage?

5. While officers of the Hessian army all have specific beliefs, by what are these men defined?

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