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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Congress grant George Washington in order to build his new army?
(a) Full power within stipulated financial limitations.
(b) Reasonable power with limited restrictions.
(c) Full power using any means he sees fit.
(d) Highly limited power within strict guidelines.

2. How certain is General William Howe about how successful the British army will be in opposition to the American rebels?
(a) He is convinced 99% of the success.
(b) He is relatively sure of the success.
(c) He is certain of the success.
(d) He is unsure of the success.

3. General William Howe feels he knows something else. What is it?
(a) The rebels will join the King's troops in opposition to the Hessians.
(b) The rebels will never see eye to eye with the King's troops.
(c) Under sufficient pressure, the rebels will concede to the King's troops.
(d) The rebels will be willing to negotiate with the King's troops.

4. "Washington's Crossing" is a story about which war?
(a) American Revolutionary.
(b) Mexican.
(c) French and Indian.
(d) Spanish-American.

5. How does the American military system prove its superiority?
(a) It has more extensive training.
(b) It displays better order and discipline.
(c) It is simple and flexible.
(d) It uses superior equipment.

6. The author believes that, as the Americans mature as a cohesive unit, they will eventually see the benefits of what?
(a) Order and religiou faith.
(b) Order and discipline.
(c) Spiritual faith and discipline.
(d) Intelligence and marching skills.

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

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

9. 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) Massive desertion, illness, and lack of food.
(c) Lack of food, comfort, and no contact with home.
(d) Illness, exhaustion, and lack of replacements.

10. 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) Desertion of troops.
(c) Being spread too thin.
(d) Massive iIllness being incurred.

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

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

13. The author describes Richard Stockton, as well as members of other notable New Jersey families, as having done what?
(a) Playing both sides in the Revolution.
(b) Being staunch revolutionaries.
(c) Being unswayed loyalists.
(d) Remaining independent of either side.

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

15. 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 are too costly.
(c) They are not sufficiently skilled.
(d) They do not speak their language.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. Where does General William Howe become part of a strong demonstration intended to force the Colonists back to their proper allegiance?

5. Admiral Lord Richard and General William Howe are stationed in the Colonies by whose orders?

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