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David Hackett Fischer
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. As the news of "The Surprise" victory over the Hessians spreads through America, many people receive it how?
(a) As more hype than significance.
(b) Suspiciously, as more exageration than reality.
(c) Uncertain of whether it is a turning point.
(d) As a vindication of the American Cause.

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

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

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

9. 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) Slightly alters it.
(c) Completely alters it.
(d) Confirms it.

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

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

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

13. How does the author describe the storm that breaks out on the day of the battle on which this book centers?
(a) A surmountable obstacle.
(b) A minimal obstruction.
(c) A blessing in disguise.
(d) Not an encumbrance.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In "The Surprise," time is still of the essence for the Americans in this historical battle for what reason?

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

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

4. British commanders are highly skilled professionals who bond with one another as old boys, but are sensitive to what?

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

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