Washington's Crossing Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 too costly.
(c) They are not sufficiently skilled.
(d) They are not trustworthy.

2. The summer illness that plagues those fighting the Americans in the latter half of the 1770s strikes which troops?
(a) Hessian only.
(b) All opposed to the Americans.
(c) British only.
(d) Canadian.

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

4. 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) Dictator.
(b) Tyrant.
(c) Despot.
(d) Oppressor.

5. Where does General William Howe become part of a strong demonstration intended to force the Colonists back to their proper allegiance?
(a) Trenton.
(b) Boston.
(c) Philadelphia.
(d) Long Island.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. Who is the best choice for Commander-in-Chief given his experience of command yet is young enough to take the field?
(a) Benjamin Franklin.
(b) Thomas Paine.
(c) George Washington.
(d) Abraham Lincoln.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. "Washington's Crossing" details each battle fought from Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Fort Lee, Trenton, and ultimately where?

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

3. After the British depart, Washington marches through what town with his troops and is hailed as a hero?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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