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. However tough their situation, following their victory over the Hessians, the American troops are determined to have the enemy what?
(a) Admit defeat.
(b) Pushed to the coast.
(c) No longer dominating them.
(d) Gone from their country.

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

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

4. Although the Hessians prepare in every other way possible against an attack, what factor plays a crucial role in the events the author details in the chapter he calls "The Surprise?"
(a) The weather.
(b) The size of the American army.
(c) The time of the attack.
(d) The speed of the attack.

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

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

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

8. In addition to tired troops and inclement weather, the author notes in "Hard Choices" that George Washington also has to face what problem?
(a) No supply shortages.
(b) A shortage of both ammunition and food supplies.
(c) A shortage of food supplies.
(d) A shortage of ammunition.

9. 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) Your Honor.
(d) Baron.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is George Washington's only order to his men throughout their march?

2. How do the Americans rate the effectiveness of their artillery in combat with the British?

3. The Hessian officers are angry about their defeat in the surprise victory by the rebels, and they want what?

4. How do the soldiers of George Washington's army feel he stands in battle against their opponents?

5. What do the Hessians do prior to the attack in "The Surprise?"

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