Washington's Crossing Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. As the Americans march toward Princeton, the odds have changed and they now outnumber the British by what ratio?
(a) Nearly 5:1.
(b) Nearly 3:1.
(c) Nearly 4:1.
(d) Nearly 2:1.

2. In "Hard Choices," the author notes one of the biggest problems facing George Washington's army is recruiting new troops as many soldiers are reaching the end of their term and planning to do what?
(a) Leave to serve in the navy.
(b) Leave to go home and continue farming.
(c) Leave to go home.
(d) Leave to go home or serve in the navy.

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

4. 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' marching, artillery training, and determination.
(c) Their opponents' discipline, marching, and marksmanship.
(d) Their opponents' discipline, skill, and sheer effrontery.

5. Although the Hessians prepare in every other way possible against an attack, what factor plays a crucial role in the events the author details in the chapter he calls "The Surprise?"
(a) The time of the attack.
(b) The speed of the attack.
(c) The weather.
(d) The size of the American army.

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

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

8. In "The Surprise," time is still of the essence for the Americans in this historical battle for what reason?
(a) They must complete the battle by nightfall, or the Hessians will regroup.
(b) They must attack quickly, or they are in grave danger of losing the battle.
(c) They have limited ammunition.
(d) They must attack slowly and methodically, or they may lose too many men.

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

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

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

12. 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) A minimal role.
(b) An unnecessary role.
(c) A big role.
(d) A moderate role.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. While the British position at Princeton proves "untenable," they manage to disrupt George Washington's advance where?

2. What view proves to be a mistake of historical consequence on the part of the Hessians in the pivotal battle at Trenton?

3. How many of the Americans' artillery pieces are lost in George Washington's Delaware River crossing?

4. 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?

5. What term does Benjamin Rush use to describe the mood of the American troops?

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