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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Despot.
(c) Dictator.
(d) Tyrant.

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

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

4. Congress grants George Washington the power to rebuild his army in the fashion they do because they know what?
(a) He will not abuse this new power.
(b) They have little alternative.
(c) He can not abuse the new powers given the restrictions.
(d) They have to include restrictions given their limited finances.

5. The first chapter, "The Rebels," foreshadows what events?
(a) The death of Benjamin Franklin prior to the end of the war..
(b) The death of Washington prior to the end of the war.
(c) The hardest struggles yet to come in the Revolution.
(d) The struggles in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and the Carolinas.

6. 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) Some moderate.
(b) Few serious.
(c) Only one light.
(d) Many crushing.

7. "Washington's Crossing" details each battle fought from Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Fort Lee, Trenton, and ultimately where?
(a) Raleigh.
(b) Richmond.
(c) Princeton.
(d) Appotomax.

8. Rather than a retreat from New York, how does General Washington view the maneuver?
(a) As "resorting gear at the rear."
(b) As a "slide to the side."
(c) As a "switch in fronts."
(d) As a "swing to the wing."

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

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

11. The first chapter, "The Rebels," foreshadows which battles?
(a) The biggest.
(b) Every battle.
(c) No battles.
(d) Merely sea battles.

12. 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.

13. How successful is Thomas Paine in achieving his goal with his second pamphlet?
(a) He has no success.
(b) He is minimally successful.
(c) He achieves it.
(d) He is only partially successful.

14. While he hates war passionately, Paine believes it is the lesser of two evils, the worse being what?
(a) Having to live under French tyranny.
(b) Having to live under socialism.
(c) Having to live under Hessian tyranny.
(d) Having to live under British tyranny.

15. After the British depart, Washington marches through what town with his troops and is hailed as a hero?
(a) Boston.
(b) Richmond.
(c) Hartford.
(d) New York.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the first British battalions to land?

2. The author's mentioning of Congress' taking steps toward a system of separate legislative and executive powers foreshadows what?

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

4. What is the title of Thomas Paine's second pamphlet?

5. The Hessian army is comprised of what type of soldiers?

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