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. 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) Relatively easy, as the rebel victory has them highly motivated.
(d) Difficult, as the rebels have not sufficiently recovered or rested.

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

3. What term does Benjamin Rush use to describe the mood of the American troops?
(a) Excited.
(b) Frustrated.
(c) Exhausted.
(d) Composure.

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

5. The American soldiers' determination truly shines through during this whole campaign, and as the author mentions, George Washington's own determination plays what role in their success?
(a) An unnecessary role.
(b) A minimal role.
(c) A moderate role.
(d) A big role.

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

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

8. 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) Overrun the Americans on horseback.
(c) Begin to regroup in their positions.
(d) Put up a final stand.

9. 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) Early afternoon.
(d) Late morning.

10. In "Hard Choices," what is one of Washington's concerns?
(a) If the Americans could maintain continuous support.
(b) That the Americans would never be able to surprise the enemy again.
(c) That the Americans would have to fight again on a frozen field.
(d) If the Americans would incur a second significant victory.

11. From a military perspective, what is George Washington concerned about in the attack at Trenton?
(a) A large loss of supplies and weapons in the crossing.
(b) His troops are soaking wet, cold, and slow.
(c) His troops are in poor spirits.
(d) The element of surprise has been lost.

12. The title of this chapter, "The Bridge," refers to one crossing over which waterway?
(a) Matawan Creek.
(b) Pebble Creek.
(c) Assunpink Creek.
(d) Delaware Creek.

13. 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.

14. How often during the operation to which the title of the book refers (i.e., Washington's Crossing,) does George Washington believe his forces are unable to win?
(a) The entire time.
(b) Several times.
(c) Never.
(d) Frequently.

15. The rebels return over the river in pursuit of the Hessians, but how large is this campaign?
(a) 2/3 smaller than the first as the Hessians are widely dispersed.
(b) Equal in size to the first.
(c) Bigger than the first.
(d) 1/3 smaller than the first.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. As the Americans assemble and pursue their march toward Trenton, what course does the stormy weather take?

3. What was George Washington's objective in seizing control of the bridge at Princeton?

4. The American destination in reference to the title of the book is originally what?

5. 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?

(see the answer keys)

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