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. When "The Surprise" battle is over, the Americans have won a decisive victory and the Hessians do what?
(a) Surrender.
(b) Flee the country.
(c) Die to the last soldier.
(d) Join with the Americans.

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?
(a) Partially taxing, as the rebels are highly scattered.
(b) Only somewhat difficult, as the rebels have pretty much recovered.
(c) Relatively easy, as the rebel victory has them highly motivated.
(d) Difficult, as the rebels have not sufficiently recovered or rested.

3. 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) 2 weeks.
(d) 1 week.

4. While the British position at Princeton proves "untenable," they manage to disrupt George Washington's advance where?
(a) Bristol.
(b) Brunswick.
(c) Bentley.
(d) Berwick.

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

6. 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?
(a) Keep rebel patrols at bay.
(b) Keep rebel patrols from finding the positions of Hessian units.
(c) Keep rebel patrols from finding the positions of British and Hessian units.
(d) Keep rebel patrols from finding the positions of British units.

7. 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 Lord.
(b) Baron.
(c) My Superior.
(d) Your Honor.

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

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

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

11. 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' timeliness, skill, and never fleeing.
(c) Their opponents' discipline, skill, and sheer effrontery.
(d) Their opponents' marching, artillery training, and determination.

12. 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?
(a) Any soldier, unlike Charles Cornwallis' small, aristocratic circle.
(b) Enlisted troops, but no civilians.
(c) Any officer or non-commissioned officer is invited to speak openly.
(d) Local citizens who are invited to attend and speak freely.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In "Good Ground," the author notes the Americans learn the British leaders are planning to strike at either Trenton or what location?

3. How does the author describe the storm that breaks out on the day of the battle on which this book centers?

4. The author stipulates which two battles as having a profound effect on the British conduct of the war?

5. Just one week before the Hessian loss in George Washington's surprise attack, many British leaders believe what?

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