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. American artillery stands a chance of doing what to a formation of highly trained British and German Regulars?
(a) Breaking them.
(b) Significantly harming them.
(c) Barely intimidating them.
(d) Moderately damaging them.

2. Just one week before the Hessian loss in George Washington's surprise attack, many British leaders believe what?
(a) The American rebellion is nearly broken.
(b) The American rebellion is at a standstill.
(c) The American rebellion is slowly regressing.
(d) The American rebellion is making little advancement.

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

4. 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) Trenton.
(c) Tennent.
(d) Taylortown.

5. 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 remarkably good spirits.
(c) They are in understandably poor spirits.
(d) They are despondent.

6. 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?
(a) A moderate stroke is the best course against a weak opponent.
(b) A strong stroke is the best course against a weak opponent.
(c) A staggering approach is the best course against a weak opponent.
(d) A strong defene is the best course against a weak opponent.

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

8. 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 go home and continue farming.
(b) Leave to serve in the navy.
(c) Leave to go home.
(d) Leave to go home or serve in the navy.

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

10. 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.

11. What is George Washington's only order to his men throughout their march?
(a) Maintain courage.
(b) Press on.
(c) Move faster.
(d) Hold steady.

12. George Washington holds firmly to his resolve, which the author points out is one of the reasons the general's men regard him how?
(a) Love him.
(b) Fear him.
(c) Follow him.
(d) Stand by him.

13. 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 in case it goes wrong.
(b) Someone else's idea because he always ensures credit is given where it is rightfully due.
(c) Someone else's idea rather than his own.
(d) His own idea, regardless of its origination, for his own advancement.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In "The Surprise," time is still of the essence for the Americans in this historical battle for what reason?

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?

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

5. 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?

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