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. 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) Slightly alters it.
(b) Completely alters it.
(c) Confirms it.
(d) Does not alter it,

2. How many of the Americans' artillery pieces are lost in George Washington's Delaware River crossing?
(a) Virtually all.
(b) Almost half.
(c) None.
(d) Nearly a third.

3. Charles Cornwallis' soldiers outnumber George Washington's rebels by what ratio?
(a) 4:1.
(b) 3:1.
(c) 2:1.
(d) 5:1.

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

5. In "Hard Choices," the author indicates that it is important to note George Washington's style of leadership when his war council convenes, that he presents a promising proposal as what?
(a) His own idea, regardless of its origination, for his own advancement.
(b) Someone else's idea because he always ensures credit is given where it is rightfully due.
(c) His own idea in case it goes wrong.
(d) Someone else's idea rather than his own.

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

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

8. 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) Late morning.
(b) Early afternoon.
(c) Late afternoon.
(d) Early morning.

9. Although George Washington has gained the victory the Americans desperately need in "The Surprise" battle, he also recognizes what?
(a) He has lost a considerable number of troops.
(b) He has used a significant amount of munitions.
(c) He has awoken a formidable enemy.
(d) Luck is the only reason he won.

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

11. 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.

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

13. What do the Hessians do prior to the attack in "The Surprise?"
(a) Increase the number of security guards.
(b) Let their guard down.
(c) Cut off patrols completely after a week of false alarms.
(d) Maintain their vigilance despite alarms.

14. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. When do the American troops prepare to cross the Delaware River and invade Trenton?

3. In "Hard Choices," the author reveals the consensus is to pursue the enemy for what reason?

4. However tough their situation, following their victory over the Hessians, the American troops are determined to have the enemy what?

5. From a military perspective, what is George Washington concerned about in the attack at Trenton?

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