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. 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 view the American victory as a fluke, and are keeping faith in their own leaders.
(d) They have a new respect for Americans, and are losing faith in their own leaders.

2. In "Hard Choices," the author notes one of the biggest problems facing George Washington's army is recruiting new troops as many soldiers are reaching the end of their term and planning to do what?
(a) Leave to go home and continue farming.
(b) Leave to go home or serve in the navy.
(c) Leave to serve in the navy.
(d) Leave to go home.

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

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. 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) After the enemy is awake and is up and about.
(c) In the nor'wester.
(d) In the daylight.

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

7. 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) Taylortown.
(b) Tennent.
(c) Trenton.
(d) Teterboro.

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

9. As the Americans assemble and pursue their march toward Trenton, what course does the stormy weather take?
(a) It clears as Americans arrive on scene.
(b) It remains steady.
(c) It eases up, but continues.
(d) It gets worse.

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

11. Due to their delay from bad weather, George Washington puts their attack time at about what hour?
(a) 7 a.m.
(b) Noon.
(c) 11 a.m.
(d) 9 a.m.

12. The author stipulates which two battles as having a profound effect on the British conduct of the war?
(a) Trenton, Brunswick.
(b) Princeton, Brunswick.
(c) Newark, Princeton.
(d) Princeton, Trenton.

13. 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 rebel assault for months to come.
(b) The flight of the rebel army.
(c) The end of the American cause altogether.
(d) The loss of significant amounts of American supplies.

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

15. As the Americans march toward Princeton, the odds have changed and they now outnumber the British by what ratio?
(a) Nearly 5:1.
(b) Nearly 4:1.
(c) Nearly 2:1.
(d) Nearly 3:1.

Short Answer Questions

1. In battles at what locations do the Americans learn important lessons about artillery?

2. When do the American troops prepare to cross the Delaware River and invade Trenton?

3. The battle at "The Bridge," about which this chapter is entitled, proves a victory for whom?

4. The weather deteriorates as George Washington and his troops proceed, and what type of storm blows in?

5. 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?

(see the answer keys)

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