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

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

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

4. The battle at "The Bridge," about which this chapter is entitled, proves a victory for whom?
(a) The British.
(b) The British and Hessians.
(c) The Americans.
(d) The Hessians.

5. How many of George Washington's troops are lost to the Delaware River during the Americans' crossing?
(a) Only a handful.
(b) Nearly 40 troops.
(c) Not one.
(d) Over 25 troops.

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

7. 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) Setting the rebel cause back.
(b) Ruining the American cause.
(c) Losing his plantation, Mount Vernon.
(d) Losing militarily, but not terms of government rule.

8. 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) Early morning.
(b) Early afternoon.
(c) Late morning.
(d) Late afternoon.

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

10. The victory of the Americans in their surprise attack on the Hessians that Mr. Fischer relates in "The Surprise" does what to the British view?
(a) Does not alter it,
(b) Completely alters it.
(c) Slightly alters it.
(d) Confirms it.

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

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

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

14. What item of intelligence that the Hessians receive proves false in the battle Mr. Fischer details in "The Surprise?"
(a) The Americans have surrounded the city where the Hessians are.
(b) The American forces are three times their actual size.
(c) The Americans will be attacking from two fronts.
(d) The Americans have a significant cavalry force.

15. Following their victory in the surprise attack against the Hessians, the Americans share a spirit that the author describes as what?
(a) Identical to the last fight.
(b) Different from the last fight.
(c) Demonstrating uncertainty as to whether they can survive against the British.
(d) Reflecting concern as to how they will continue.

Short Answer Questions

1. From a military perspective, what is George Washington concerned about in the attack at Trenton?

2. 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?

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

4. However tough their situation, following their victory over the Hessians, the American troops are determined to have the enemy what?

5. Whatever happens, George Washington is adamant that he will strike against the enemy when?

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