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 Americans intend to use their artillery pieces as shock weapons against the enemy and as what else?
(a) Supporting arms for their own marines.
(b) Supporting arms for reconnaissance forces.
(c) Supporting arms for search and destroy teams.
(d) Supporting arms for their own infantry.

2. The original plans are to cross the Delaware River under what circumstances?
(a) Under cover of darkness and attack a little before dawn.
(b) Under cover of darkness and attack at dawn.
(c) Under cover of darkness and attack a little after dawn.
(d) At dawn and attack with adequate daylight.

3. What term does Benjamin Rush use to describe the mood of the American troops?
(a) Exhausted.
(b) Composure.
(c) Excited.
(d) Frustrated.

4. The confrontation the author describes in "Good Ground" between the Rebels and the combined British and Hessian troops is to be what?
(a) An offensive battle.
(b) A defensive battle.
(c) A partisan resistance battle.
(d) A guerrilla battle.

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

6. 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) My Superior.
(c) Baron.
(d) Your Honor.

7. The American soldiers' determination truly shines through during this whole campaign, and as the author mentions, George Washington's own determination plays what role in their success?
(a) A moderate role.
(b) A big role.
(c) A minimal role.
(d) An unnecessary role.

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

9. What view proves to be a mistake of historical consequence on the part of the Hessians in the pivotal battle at Trenton?
(a) They are severely outnumbered.
(b) The rebel units are more extensively trained than the Hessians.
(c) They can not gather the offense needed to fight off the rebels.
(d) They can not gather the defense needed to fight off the rebels.

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

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

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

13. 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) Late morning.
(c) Early morning.
(d) Early afternoon.

14. 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 strong defene is the best course against a weak opponent.
(b) A strong stroke is the best course against a weak opponent.
(c) A staggering approach is the best course against a weak opponent.
(d) A moderate stroke is the best course against a weak opponent.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

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

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?

4. In addition to tired troops and inclement weather, the author notes in "Hard Choices" that George Washington also has to face what problem?

5. How many of George Washington's troops are lost to the Delaware River during the Americans' crossing?

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