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 author stipulates which two battles as having a profound effect on the British conduct of the war?
(a) Princeton, Trenton.
(b) Newark, Princeton.
(c) Trenton, Brunswick.
(d) Princeton, Brunswick.

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

3. Ultimately, the American artillery overpowers the Hessian guns, and the enemy does what when this happens in "The Surprise" battle?
(a) Overrun the Americans on horseback.
(b) Begin to regroup in their positions.
(c) Begin to flee their posts.
(d) Put up a final stand.

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

5. 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) A shortage of ammunition.
(c) A shortage of both ammunition and food supplies.
(d) No supply shortages.

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

7. The Americans intend to use their artillery pieces as shock weapons against the enemy and as what else?
(a) Supporting arms for their own infantry.
(b) Supporting arms for reconnaissance forces.
(c) Supporting arms for search and destroy teams.
(d) Supporting arms for their own marines.

8. 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) It is best to pursue before they regroup.
(c) It is important to keep them retreating.
(d) One victory is not enough.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The rebels return over the river in pursuit of the Hessians, but how large is this campaign?

3. 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?

4. In "Good Ground," the author notes the Americans learn the British leaders are planning to strike at either Trenton or what location?

5. What was George Washington's objective in seizing control of the bridge at Princeton?

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