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. The weather deteriorates as George Washington and his troops proceed, and what type of storm blows in?
(a) Hurricane.
(b) Typhoon.
(c) Nor'easter.
(d) Nor'wester.

2. However tough their situation, following their victory over the Hessians, the American troops are determined to have the enemy what?
(a) Admit defeat.
(b) Pushed to the coast.
(c) Gone from their country.
(d) No longer dominating them.

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

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?
(a) Frequently.
(b) Several times.
(c) Never.
(d) The entire time.

5. British commanders are highly skilled professionals who bond with one another as old boys, but are sensitive to what?
(a) Wealth and title.
(b) Rank and privilege.
(c) Education and rank.
(d) Wealth and competence.

6. 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 stroke is the best course against a weak opponent.
(d) A strong defene is the best course against a weak opponent.

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

8. 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) Delaware Brook.
(b) Stony Brook.
(c) Rocky Brook.
(d) Pebble Brook.

9. According to the author in the chapter entitled "The Surprise," if the Americans lose this historical battle, it will signal the end of George Washington's career, if not what?
(a) The end of the American cause altogether.
(b) The flight of the rebel army.
(c) The end of the rebel assault for months to come.
(d) The loss of significant amounts of American supplies.

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

11. After crossing the Delaware River and arriving late, George Washington is beside himself when he realizes his forces will have to attack Trenton under what condition?
(a) In the nor'easter.
(b) In the daylight.
(c) In the nor'wester.
(d) After the enemy is awake and is up and about.

12. 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?
(a) Late afternoon.
(b) Early morning.
(c) Early afternoon.
(d) Late morning.

13. What is the American rebels' attitude following their crossing the Delaware River and heading on toward Trenton?
(a) They are in understandably poor spirits.
(b) They are despondent.
(c) They are in remarkably good spirits.
(d) They have pretty much given up.

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

15. 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) Fear him.
(b) Stand by him.
(c) Love him.
(d) Follow him.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many of the Americans' artillery pieces are lost in George Washington's Delaware River crossing?

2. The original plans are to cross the Delaware River under what circumstances?

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

4. The Americans' surprise victory over the Hessians causes British commanders to also lose control of what?

5. 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?"

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