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

2. What is the American rebels' attitude following their crossing the Delaware River and heading on toward Trenton?
(a) They have pretty much given up.
(b) They are in understandably poor spirits.
(c) They are in remarkably good spirits.
(d) They are despondent.

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

4. What item of intelligence that the Hessians receive proves false in the battle Mr. Fischer details in "The Surprise?"
(a) The Americans have a significant cavalry force.
(b) The American forces are three times their actual size.
(c) The Americans have surrounded the city where the Hessians are.
(d) The Americans will be attacking from two fronts.

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

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

7. 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 daylight.
(d) In the nor'wester.

8. At the conclusion of the chapter entitled "The Surprise," the author notes the Hessians are simply tired by the end of the day, and the Americans are far too driven to accept another defeat for what reason?
(a) The Americans are fighting for their freedom.
(b) The Americans are tired of losing.
(c) The Americans have lost too much already.
(d) The Americans are led by George Washington.

9. 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) 6 hours.
(b) 12 hours.
(c) 4 hours.
(d) 8 hours.

10. The battle at "The Bridge," about which this chapter is entitled, proves a victory for whom?
(a) The Americans.
(b) The Hessians.
(c) The British and Hessians.
(d) The British.

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

12. The Hessian officers are angry about their defeat in the surprise victory by the rebels, and they want what?
(a) They are out for revenge on the Americans.
(b) They merely want to return to Europe.
(c) They want to retaliate, but have no means.
(d) They want an initial asault by the British with a Hessian mop up later.

13. According to the author, of what are the Americans in awe regarding their opponents in combat?
(a) Their opponents' timeliness, skill, and never fleeing.
(b) Their opponents' discipline, skill, and sheer effrontery.
(c) Their opponents' marching, artillery training, and determination.
(d) Their opponents' discipline, marching, and marksmanship.

14. How does the artillery affect the mobility of the American army during their march toward Trenton?
(a) Provides relative maneuverability.
(b) Presents only a moderate hindrance.
(c) Imposes a major impediment.
(d) They maintain a rapid speed.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The Americans' surprise victory over the Hessians causes British commanders to also lose control of what?

3. Due to their delay from bad weather, George Washington puts their attack time at about what hour?

4. How do Cornwallis' troops come to feel in comparison with their commanders?

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

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