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 American destination in reference to the title of the book is originally what?
(a) Kept secret.
(b) Princeton.
(c) Tuckahoe.
(d) Known only to the officers.

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

3. According to the author, of what are the Americans in awe regarding their opponents in combat?
(a) Their opponents' discipline, skill, and sheer effrontery.
(b) Their opponents' discipline, marching, and marksmanship.
(c) Their opponents' timeliness, skill, and never fleeing.
(d) Their opponents' marching, artillery training, and determination.

4. Intelligence has what to do with the Americans' success in "The Surprise" battle and the Hessian's failure?
(a) A minimal influence.
(b) Significant only in the Americans' success.
(c) A great deal.
(d) Significant only in the Hessian's failure.

5. 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.

6. In "Hard Choices," who urges George Washington to push the enemy from the state?
(a) Benjamin Franklin.
(b) General Nathanael Greene.
(c) John Cadwalader.
(d) Alexander Hamilton.

7. What are the British and Hessian troops noted for throughout the war in the Colonies?
(a) Getting to sleep after midnight every day.
(b) Getting a late start to their day.
(c) Getting a start before dawn every day.
(d) Getting an early start to their day.

8. After George Washington's troops cross the Delaware River and head on to engage in a surprise attack on Trenton, the Americans continue in what status?
(a) Damp, chilled to the bone.
(b) Soaked, not chilled.
(c) Dry, chilled to the bone.
(d) Soaked, chilled to the bone.

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

10. The night after the battle at the bridge where rebels win their second victory, Charles Cornwallis' men keep tabs on the Americans, the objective being to watch the enemy and do what?
(a) Keep rebel patrols from finding the positions of British units.
(b) Keep rebel patrols from finding the positions of Hessian units.
(c) Keep rebel patrols at bay.
(d) Keep rebel patrols from finding the positions of British and Hessian units.

11. In "Good Ground," the author notes the Americans learn the British leaders are planning to strike at either Trenton or what location?
(a) Crosswicks.
(b) Cranbury.
(c) Cranford.
(d) Cresskill.

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

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

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

15. In addition to tired troops and inclement weather, the author notes in "Hard Choices" that George Washington also has to face what problem?
(a) A shortage of food supplies.
(b) No supply shortages.
(c) A shortage of both ammunition and food supplies.
(d) A shortage of ammunition.

Short Answer Questions

1. American artillery stands a chance of doing what to a formation of highly trained British and German Regulars?

2. How does the author describe the storm that breaks out on the day of the battle on which this book centers?

3. 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?

4. As the Americans march toward Princeton, the odds have changed and they now outnumber the British by what ratio?

5. The author stipulates which two battles as having a profound effect on the British conduct of the war?

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