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. While the location the Americans select is their own ground, it is not what?
(a) Easily assaulted.
(b) Easily overrun.
(c) Easily defendable.
(d) Easily located.

2. What term does Benjamin Rush use to describe the mood of the American troops?
(a) Excited.
(b) Composure.
(c) Exhausted.
(d) Frustrated.

3. The original plans are to cross the Delaware River under what circumstances?
(a) Under cover of darkness and attack a little before dawn.
(b) Under cover of darkness and attack at dawn.
(c) At dawn and attack with adequate daylight.
(d) Under cover of darkness and attack a little after dawn.

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

5. How do the soldiers of George Washington's army feel he stands in battle against their opponents?
(a) They trust him implicitly, and have full confidence in his leadership ability.
(b) They are unsure, but have full confidence in his leadership ability.
(c) They have full confidence in his leadership, but are concerned over the enemy's strength.
(d) They trust him implicitly, but are unsure if they can hold up to the cold.

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

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

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

9. What are the British and Hessian troops noted for throughout the war in the Colonies?
(a) Getting an early start to their day.
(b) Getting a late start to their day.
(c) Getting to sleep after midnight every day.
(d) Getting a start before dawn every day.

10. Just one week before the Hessian loss in George Washington's surprise attack, many British leaders believe what?
(a) The American rebellion is making little advancement.
(b) The American rebellion is slowly regressing.
(c) The American rebellion is at a standstill.
(d) The American rebellion is nearly broken.

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

12. In "Hard Choices," who urges George Washington to push the enemy from the state?
(a) General Nathanael Greene.
(b) Alexander Hamilton.
(c) John Cadwalader.
(d) Benjamin Franklin.

13. 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 moderate stroke is the best course against a weak opponent.
(b) A staggering approach is the best course against a weak opponent.
(c) A strong defene is the best course against a weak opponent.
(d) A strong stroke is the best course against a weak opponent.

14. 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) Luck is the only reason he won.
(c) He has awoken a formidable enemy.
(d) He has lost a considerable number of troops.

15. The author stipulates which two battles as having a profound effect on the British conduct of the war?
(a) Princeton, Trenton.
(b) Newark, Princeton.
(c) Princeton, Brunswick.
(d) Trenton, Brunswick.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "The Surprise," time is still of the essence for the Americans in this historical battle for what reason?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. In battles at what locations do the Americans learn important lessons about artillery?

5. 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?

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