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. 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 "resorting gear at the rear."
(d) As a "switch in fronts."

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

3. Believing the American rebellion is over, citizens of which city flee fearing the opposing forces are nearing?
(a) Philadelphia.
(b) Newark.
(c) Hoboken.
(d) Lancaster.

4. As George Washington makes plans for a surprise attack on Trenton, where do Richard and William Howe disperse the British forces?
(a) Far and wide throughout New Jersey.
(b) Throughout eastern New Jersey and New York.
(c) Across western New Jersey.
(d) Across southern New Jersey.

5. In the first chapter, "The Rebels," the author foreshadows upcoming events by initially using what term?
(a) His Excellency.
(b) His Highness.
(c) The Admiral.
(d) The Boss.

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

7. Why do the British eventually hire the Hessian troops?
(a) A virtual mercenary, the monarch of Hesse, hires on at a bargain rate.
(b) The British fear fighting will soon break out.
(c) The monarch of Hesse is in deep need of funds.
(d) Fighting breaks out in the Colonies.

8. George Washington knows that the British are salivating over the prospect of invading and conquering what city as they wait for a river to freeze to allow them passage?
(a) Baltimore.
(b) Trenton.
(c) Boston.
(d) Philadelphia.

9. In order to put the Americans down and keep them down, General William Howe feels the British will have to be what?
(a) Very resistant.
(b) Very regressive.
(c) Very positive.
(d) Very aggressive.

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

11. The British military is very organized and feels training makes a significant contribution to what?
(a) Flag signaling.
(b) Preservation of order.
(c) Morse Code.
(d) Scholastic apptitude.

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

13. At what location are the Americans just a few miles from where the British settle on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River?
(a) Fort Washington.
(b) Fort Greene.
(c) Fort Delaware.
(d) Fort Lee.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does British military training compare with that of the American Revolutionaries?

3. From where do most of the high-ranking Hessian officers come?

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

5. In a way, General William Howe might be acknowledging what subsequent outcome of sthe Battle at Bunker Hill?

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