Washington's Crossing Test | Final 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. How do the Americans rate the effectiveness of their artillery in combat with the British?
(a) Limited in effectiveness.
(b) Moderately effective.
(c) Highly effective.
(d) Primarily used for loudness and smoke cover.

2. What do the Hessians do prior to the attack in "The Surprise?"
(a) Let their guard down.
(b) Maintain their vigilance despite alarms.
(c) Cut off patrols completely after a week of false alarms.
(d) Increase the number of security guards.

3. The American soldiers' determination truly shines through during this whole campaign, and as the author mentions, George Washington's own determination plays what role in their success?
(a) An unnecessary role.
(b) A big role.
(c) A minimal role.
(d) A moderate role.

4. Following their victory in the surprise attack against the Hessians, the Americans share a spirit that the author describes as what?
(a) Reflecting concern as to how they will continue.
(b) Different from the last fight.
(c) Identical to the last fight.
(d) Demonstrating uncertainty as to whether they can survive against the British.

5. The American destination in reference to the title of the book is originally what?
(a) Princeton.
(b) Kept secret.
(c) Tuckahoe.
(d) Known only to the officers.

6. The victory of the Americans in their surprise attack on the Hessians that Mr. Fischer relates in "The Surprise" does what to the British view?
(a) Confirms it.
(b) Does not alter it,
(c) Completely alters it.
(d) Slightly alters it.

7. As the Americans assemble and pursue their march toward Trenton, what course does the stormy weather take?
(a) It clears as Americans arrive on scene.
(b) It eases up, but continues.
(c) It remains steady.
(d) It gets worse.

8. Due to their delay from bad weather, George Washington puts their attack time at about what hour?
(a) 9 a.m.
(b) 7 a.m.
(c) 11 a.m.
(d) Noon.

9. In "Hard Choices," the enemy is moving to the east side of what state?
(a) Delaware.
(b) Pennsylvania.
(c) New York.
(d) New Jersey.

10. The title of this chapter, "The Bridge," refers to one crossing over which waterway?
(a) Delaware Creek.
(b) Matawan Creek.
(c) Assunpink Creek.
(d) Pebble Creek.

11. The American objective following their victory over the Hessians at Trenton, regardless of ease of defense, is to entice the enemy into an assault where?
(a) In an American city.
(b) In the open American countryside.
(c) On the Americans' turf.
(d) Off the American coast.

12. In "Hard Choices," the author indicates that it is important to note George Washington's style of leadership when his war council convenes, that he presents a promising proposal as what?
(a) Someone else's idea rather than his own.
(b) Someone else's idea because he always ensures credit is given where it is rightfully due.
(c) His own idea in case it goes wrong.
(d) His own idea, regardless of its origination, for his own advancement.

13. Although George Washington has gained the victory the Americans desperately need in "The Surprise" battle, he also recognizes what?
(a) He has used a significant amount of munitions.
(b) He has awoken a formidable enemy.
(c) He has lost a considerable number of troops.
(d) Luck is the only reason he won.

14. Charles Cornwallis' soldiers outnumber George Washington's rebels by what ratio?
(a) 3:1.
(b) 5:1.
(c) 4:1.
(d) 2:1.

15. In "Hard Choices," how does the author describe the task of getting the rebel troops together for another battle following their surprise victory over the Hessians?
(a) Only somewhat difficult, as the rebels have pretty much recovered.
(b) Difficult, as the rebels have not sufficiently recovered or rested.
(c) Partially taxing, as the rebels are highly scattered.
(d) Relatively easy, as the rebel victory has them highly motivated.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, of what are the Americans in awe regarding their opponents in combat?

2. American artillery stands a chance of doing what to a formation of highly trained British and German Regulars?

3. In "Hard Choices," who urges George Washington to push the enemy from the state?

4. How many of George Washington's troops are lost to the Delaware River during the Americans' crossing?

5. Between the troops, weapons, and supplies they need to get across the Delaware River prior to the attack, how far behind does traveling in the storm put the Americans?

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