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

2. Between the troops, weapons, and supplies they need to get across the Delaware River prior to the attack, how far behind does traveling in the storm put the Americans?
(a) 8 hours.
(b) 12 hours.
(c) 4 hours.
(d) 6 hours.

3. 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 have a significant cavalry force.
(d) The Americans will be attacking from two fronts.

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

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

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

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) Teterboro.
(d) Trenton.

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

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

10. How do the Americans rate the effectiveness of their artillery in combat with the British?
(a) Highly effective.
(b) Primarily used for loudness and smoke cover.
(c) Moderately effective.
(d) Limited in effectiveness.

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

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

13. 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 moderate stroke 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.

14. 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?
(a) Soaked, chilled to the bone.
(b) Dry, chilled to the bone.
(c) Damp, chilled to the bone.
(d) Soaked, not chilled.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, of what are the Americans in awe regarding their opponents in combat?

2. In "Hard Choices," what is one of Washington's concerns?

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

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

5. George Washington holds firmly to his resolve, which the author points out is one of the reasons the general's men regard him how?

(see the answer keys)

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