Washington's Crossing Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. George Washington's surprise victory over the Hessians causes British commanders to lose their initiative over the course of how long?
(a) 1 month.
(b) 1 day.
(c) 1 week.
(d) 2 weeks.

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

3. 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) Damp, chilled to the bone.
(b) Dry, chilled to the bone.
(c) Soaked, not chilled.
(d) Soaked, chilled to the bone.

4. How does the artillery affect the mobility of the American army during their march toward Trenton?
(a) Imposes a major impediment.
(b) Provides relative maneuverability.
(c) Presents only a moderate hindrance.
(d) They maintain a rapid speed.

5. 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 to sleep after midnight every day.
(c) Getting a late start to their day.
(d) Getting a start before dawn every day.

6. 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?
(a) 12 hours.
(b) 6 hours.
(c) 8 hours.
(d) 4 hours.

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

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

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

10. In "Hard Choices," the author reveals the consensus is to pursue the enemy for what reason?
(a) It is important to keep them retreating.
(b) The enemy has no resupplies at this time.
(c) It is best to pursue before they regroup.
(d) One victory is not enough.

11. American artillery stands a chance of doing what to a formation of highly trained British and German Regulars?
(a) Moderately damaging them.
(b) Breaking them.
(c) Barely intimidating them.
(d) Significantly harming them.

12. In "The Surprise," time is still of the essence for the Americans in this historical battle for what reason?
(a) They must complete the battle by nightfall, or the Hessians will regroup.
(b) They have limited ammunition.
(c) They must attack quickly, or they are in grave danger of losing the battle.
(d) They must attack slowly and methodically, or they may lose too many men.

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

14. In "Hard Choices," what is one of Washington's concerns?
(a) If the Americans would incur a second significant victory.
(b) That the Americans would never be able to surprise the enemy again.
(c) If the Americans could maintain continuous support.
(d) That the Americans would have to fight again on a frozen field.

15. In the chapter entitled "Hard Choices," George Washington realizes he is in a delicate spot because if he makes any mistakes, or if fortune turns against him, he risks what?
(a) Ruining the American cause.
(b) Losing his plantation, Mount Vernon.
(c) Setting the rebel cause back.
(d) Losing militarily, but not terms of government rule.

Short Answer Questions

1. The confrontation the author describes in "Good Ground" between the Rebels and the combined British and Hessian troops is to be what?

2. 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?

3. Although the Hessians prepare in every other way possible against an attack, what factor plays a crucial role in the events the author details in the chapter he calls "The Surprise?"

4. 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?

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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