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. After George Washington's troops cross the Delaware River and head on to engage in a surprise attack on Trenton, the Americans continue in what status?
(a) Soaked, chilled to the bone.
(b) Damp, chilled to the bone.
(c) Soaked, not chilled.
(d) Dry, chilled to the bone.

2. 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) Slightly alters it.
(b) Does not alter it,
(c) Confirms it.
(d) Completely alters it.

3. As the Americans march toward Princeton, the odds have changed and they now outnumber the British by what ratio?
(a) Nearly 2:1.
(b) Nearly 3:1.
(c) Nearly 4:1.
(d) Nearly 5:1.

4. The rebels return over the river in pursuit of the Hessians, but how large is this campaign?
(a) Bigger than the first.
(b) 1/3 smaller than the first.
(c) 2/3 smaller than the first as the Hessians are widely dispersed.
(d) Equal in size to the first.

5. Charles Cornwallis is in denial over the growing rebel troop strength, and, acting on his experience, what does he feel is the best course to take?
(a) A staggering approach is the best course against a weak opponent.
(b) A strong stroke is the best course against a weak opponent.
(c) A moderate stroke is the best course against a weak opponent.
(d) A strong defene is the best course against a weak opponent.

6. What is George Washington's only order to his men throughout their march?
(a) Press on.
(b) Hold steady.
(c) Move faster.
(d) Maintain courage.

7. George Washington holds firmly to his resolve, which the author points out is one of the reasons the general's men regard him how?
(a) Love him.
(b) Follow him.
(c) Fear him.
(d) Stand by him.

8. According to the author, of what are the Americans in awe regarding their opponents in combat?
(a) Their opponents' discipline, marching, and marksmanship.
(b) Their opponents' marching, artillery training, and determination.
(c) Their opponents' discipline, skill, and sheer effrontery.
(d) Their opponents' timeliness, skill, and never fleeing.

9. In "Good Ground," the author notes the Americans learn the British leaders are planning to strike at either Trenton or what location?
(a) Cresskill.
(b) Crosswicks.
(c) Cranford.
(d) Cranbury.

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

11. When do the American troops prepare to cross the Delaware River and invade Trenton?
(a) Christmas Eve.
(b) Christmas Day.
(c) St. Nicholas Day.
(d) New Year's Eve.

12. In "Hard Choices," the author notes one of the biggest problems facing George Washington's army is recruiting new troops as many soldiers are reaching the end of their term and planning to do what?
(a) Leave to serve in the navy.
(b) Leave to go home.
(c) Leave to go home or serve in the navy.
(d) Leave to go home and continue farming.

13. When George Washington decides to march on Princeton, he orders his army to seize control of the highway where it crosses a bridge over what waterway?
(a) Rocky Brook.
(b) Pebble Brook.
(c) Stony Brook.
(d) Delaware Brook.

14. Intelligence has what to do with the Americans' success in "The Surprise" battle and the Hessian's failure?
(a) Significant only in the Hessian's failure.
(b) A minimal influence.
(c) A great deal.
(d) Significant only in the Americans' success.

15. What was George Washington's objective in seizing control of the bridge at Princeton?
(a) Stop British reinforcements from arriving.
(b) Keep Charles Cornwallis and his entourage from escaping.
(c) Keep the British troops from fleeing and reinforcements from arriving.
(d) Keep the British troops from fleeing.

Short Answer Questions

1. The night after the battle at the bridge where rebels win their second victory, Charles Cornwallis' men keep tabs on the Americans, the objective being to watch the enemy and do what?

2. In the chapter entitled "The Surprise," the Hessians are caught completely off guard in what will prove to be a pivotal battle in the war when the Americans arrive on scene about what time?

3. As the weather worsens, the Americans do not make their return crossing over the river in pursuit of the Hessians until when?

4. How often during the operation to which the title of the book refers (i.e., Washington's Crossing,) does George Washington believe his forces are unable to win?

5. George Washington has a smaller army but a larger War Council. Washinginton's War Council has more open meetings, proposes problems for advice about how to advance rather than having already made decisions, and includes what else?

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