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. 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 Georgian.
(b) Northern delegates insist on a Pennsylvanian.
(c) Southern delegates insist on a Virginian.
(d) Southern delegates insist on a North Carolinian.

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

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

4. An illness tears through the troops that fight against the Americans during the summer of what year in the latter half of the 1770s?
(a) 1776.
(b) 1777.
(c) 1778.
(d) 1775.

5. As the British convene, at what pace does their training continue?
(a) Moderately.
(b) Sporadically.
(c) Slowly.
(d) Furiously.

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

7. The British peg Richard Stockton as a signer of the Declaration of Independence, capture him, and then compel him to do what?
(a) Move with his family to South Carolina.
(b) Pledge allegiance to the king and abandon the American cause.
(c) Sail to Britain for the duration of the conflict.
(d) Serve nearly a year in British confinement.

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

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

10. What are the first British battalions to land?
(a) Cavalry, then light infantry.
(b) Light infantry, then heavy artillery.
(c) Grenadiers, then light infantry.
(d) Light infantry, then grenadiers.

11. "Washington's Crossing" concerns what river?
(a) Connecticut.
(b) Potomac.
(c) Hudson.
(d) Delaware.

12. What habits does General William Howe adopt after he recognizes the rebels' level of resistance?
(a) Fighting harder, resisting longer, and refusing to yield.
(b) Demonstrating courage, conviction, and traits of a gentleman.
(c) Carousing and gambling, indicating he cares little going forward.
(d) Praying, reading his Bible, and baptizing fellow soldiers.

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

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

15. The Hessian army is comprised of what type of soldiers?
(a) Russian.
(b) Swiss.
(c) Polish.
(d) German.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. "Washington's Crossing" is a story about which war?

3. Where does the Americans' intelligence methodology work better than it had in New York?

4. The Hessian troops are exhausted and want to move where to fully rest themselves?

5. In addition to a tendency to lose officers after long engagements in America, the British and Hessians suffer troop losses due to what?

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