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

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

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

4. Whatever happens, George Washington is adamant that he will strike against the enemy when?
(a) That day.
(b) Before midnight.
(c) By nightfall.
(d) By noon.

5. In the chapter entitled "Good Ground," the author states Americans expect an attack in great strength by combined British and Hessian troops, so they decide it would be best to have it where?
(a) Tennent.
(b) Taylortown.
(c) Trenton.
(d) Teterboro.

6. 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 the open American countryside.
(b) In an American city.
(c) Off the American coast.
(d) On the Americans' turf.

7. How many of the Americans' artillery pieces are lost in George Washington's Delaware River crossing?
(a) Nearly a third.
(b) Virtually all.
(c) None.
(d) Almost half.

8. How does the author describe the storm that breaks out on the day of the battle on which this book centers?
(a) A blessing in disguise.
(b) Not an encumbrance.
(c) A surmountable obstacle.
(d) A minimal obstruction.

9. As the weather worsens, the Americans do not make their return crossing over the river in pursuit of the Hessians until when?
(a) New Year's Eve.
(b) The first week of January, 1777.
(c) New Year's Day.
(d) The second week of January, 1777.

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

11. How do Cornwallis' troops come to feel in comparison with their commanders?
(a) They have a new respect for rebels, but retain faith in their own leaders.
(b) They have no new respect for rebels, but have diminishing faith in their own leaders.
(c) They have a new respect for Americans, and are losing faith in their own leaders.
(d) They view the American victory as a fluke, and are keeping faith in their own leaders.

12. Charles Cornwallis has a larger army but fewer members in his War Council, which he operates more like a court where he is a ruler rather than a leader, and is referred to by what term?
(a) My Superior.
(b) Baron.
(c) Your Honor.
(d) My Lord.

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

14. Ultimately, the American artillery overpowers the Hessian guns, and the enemy does what when this happens in "The Surprise" battle?
(a) Put up a final stand.
(b) Begin to flee their posts.
(c) Overrun the Americans on horseback.
(d) Begin to regroup in their positions.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. At the conclusion of the chapter entitled "The Surprise," the author notes the Hessians are simply tired by the end of the day, and the Americans are far too driven to accept another defeat for what reason?

3. As the Americans march toward Princeton, the odds have changed and they now outnumber the British by what ratio?

4. 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?

5. As the news of "The Surprise" victory over the Hessians spreads through America, many people receive it how?

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