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. Admiral Lord Richard and General William Howe are stationed in the Colonies by whose orders?
(a) The British King.
(b) The British House of Commons.
(c) The British Parliment.
(d) The British Secretary of War.

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

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

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

5. After what battle has General William Howe essentially given up?
(a) Trenton.
(b) Long Island.
(c) Bunker Hill.
(d) Yorktown.

6. Through where do the British and Hessian troops continue to chase the rebels in pursuit of their goal?
(a) Western Connecticut.
(b) Southern New Jersey.
(c) Eastern Pennsylvania.
(d) Southern New York.

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

8. 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?
(a) Movement of their troops and equipment has been costly.
(b) Ability to maintain effective communication and accurate intelligence.
(c) Fresh troops and supplies take a long time to reach America.
(d) Movement of their troops and equipment has been slow given the size.

9. How frequently does the leader of the Hessian army conduct drills?
(a) Daily.
(b) Alternating days.
(c) Weekly.
(d) Sporadically.

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

11. In a way, General William Howe might be acknowledging what subsequent outcome of sthe Battle at Bunker Hill?
(a) They will not lose with the support of the Hessians.
(b) The British will never concede.
(c) Winning the battle means they will win the war.
(d) The British are already defeated.

12. Until the point in "Washington's Crossing" where the Americans cross the river and make a surprise attack, they suffer what types of defeat?
(a) Only one light.
(b) Many crushing.
(c) Some moderate.
(d) Few serious.

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

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

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

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. What happens in December, 1776, that changes the course of the war?

3. In what battle do the Americans lose New York to their enemy?

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

5. Washington is not everyone's first choice as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army. Why is he selected?

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