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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Trenton.
(c) Philadelphia.
(d) Boston.

2. The British military is very organized and feels training makes a significant contribution to what?
(a) Scholastic apptitude.
(b) Morse Code.
(c) Flag signaling.
(d) Preservation of order.

3. What is a big issue facing the American rebels?
(a) Overload of ammunition supplies.
(b) Lack of enemy intelligence.
(c) Lack of courage.
(d) Lack of dedication.

4. The British pacification policy runs into problems arising from a lack of supply, and troops commonly doing what?
(a) Purchasing from merchants.
(b) Exchanging British money.
(c) Purchasing from farmers.
(d) Foraging as needed.

5. 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.

6. What is the result of the strong demonstration in which General William Howe participates that is intended to force the Colonists back to their proper allegiance?
(a) The Ride of Paul Revere.
(b) The Boston Tea Party.
(c) The Battle of Yorktown.
(d) The Battle of Bunker Hill.

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

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

9. The author's mentioning of Congress' taking steps toward a system of separate legislative and executive powers foreshadows what?
(a) The foundation of checks and balances for the current government.
(b) The foundation of a republican form of American government.
(c) The foundation of a democratic form of American government.
(d) The foreshadowing of voting rights regardless of sex or race.

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

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

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

13. 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.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The author believes that, as the Americans mature as a cohesive unit, they will eventually see the benefits of what?

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?

3. What is one important way the Americans display their lack of training and discipline?

4. When does Thomas Paine decide to publish another pamphlet similar to Common Sense?

5. In a way, General William Howe might be acknowledging what subsequent outcome of sthe Battle at Bunker Hill?

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