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

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

3. 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?
(a) 4.
(b) 2.
(c) 3.
(d) 5.

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

5. What does the British militia instruct beyond a general attitude?
(a) Specific skills.
(b) How to hunt and cook.
(c) How to swim.
(d) Use of the telegraph.

6. 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) Running out of food.
(b) Being spread too thin.
(c) Desertion of troops.
(d) Massive iIllness being incurred.

7. When does the American Revolutionary War take place?
(a) 1898-1902.
(b) 1846-1848.
(c) 1754-1763.
(d) 1775-1883.

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

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 Yorktown.
(b) The Battle of Trenton.
(c) The Battle of Bunker Hill.
(d) The Battle of Long Island.

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

11. 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.

12. At what rate does the Hessian army expand?
(a) Slowly.
(b) Steadily.
(c) Very rapidly.
(d) Somewhat quickly.

13. In addition to size, intelligence, and energy, what additional criterion is considered when selecting the British light infantry?
(a) Marital status.
(b) Marksmanship.
(c) Hand-to-hand fighting skills.
(d) Expertise with knives and sabers.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. On what single most urgent task does Thoma Paine attempt to concentrate the mind of the nation?

2. At one point, what is it that haunts General William Howe about the Battle at Bunker Hill, which is eventually won by the British?

3. 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?

4. Military training is important to the British as they feel it enforces what?

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

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