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. 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) 6 hours.
(d) 8 hours.

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

3. While the British position at Princeton proves "untenable," they manage to disrupt George Washington's advance where?
(a) Bristol.
(b) Bentley.
(c) Berwick.
(d) Brunswick.

4. 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 Superior.
(b) My Lord.
(c) Your Honor.
(d) Baron.

5. In battles at what locations do the Americans learn important lessons about artillery?
(a) Baltimore and New York.
(b) Boston and New York.
(c) Concord and Boston.
(d) Boston and Baltimore.

6. As the Americans assemble and pursue their march toward Trenton, what course does the stormy weather take?
(a) It gets worse.
(b) It remains steady.
(c) It clears as Americans arrive on scene.
(d) It eases up, but continues.

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

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 led by George Washington.
(b) The Americans are tired of losing.
(c) The Americans are fighting for their freedom.
(d) The Americans have lost too much already.

9. 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 defensive battle.
(c) A partisan resistance battle.
(d) An offensive battle.

10. What view proves to be a mistake of historical consequence on the part of the Hessians in the pivotal battle at Trenton?
(a) They are severely outnumbered.
(b) They can not gather the defense needed to fight off the rebels.
(c) They can not gather the offense needed to fight off the rebels.
(d) The rebel units are more extensively trained than the Hessians.

11. 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 have limited ammunition.
(c) They must attack slowly and methodically, or they may lose too many men.
(d) They must attack quickly, or they are in grave danger of losing the battle.

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

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

14. When "The Surprise" battle is over, the Americans have won a decisive victory and the Hessians do what?
(a) Surrender.
(b) Join with the Americans.
(c) Flee the country.
(d) Die to the last soldier.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Intelligence has what to do with the Americans' success in "The Surprise" battle and the Hessian's failure?

3. How does the artillery affect the mobility of the American army during their march toward Trenton?

4. 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?

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

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