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

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

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

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

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

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

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 their own marines.
(d) Supporting arms for search and destroy teams.

8. 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) In an American city.
(c) On the Americans' turf.
(d) In the open American countryside.

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

10. 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) As more hype than significance.
(c) Uncertain of whether it is a turning point.
(d) Suspiciously, as more exageration than reality.

11. The battle at "The Bridge," about which this chapter is entitled, proves a victory for whom?
(a) The Americans.
(b) The British.
(c) The British and Hessians.
(d) The Hessians.

12. 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?
(a) Frequently.
(b) Several times.
(c) The entire time.
(d) Never.

13. 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.

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

15. 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) Soaked, chilled to the bone.
(b) Soaked, not chilled.
(c) Damp, chilled to the bone.
(d) Dry, chilled to the bone.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. The original plans are to cross the Delaware River under what circumstances?

4. In "Hard Choices," how does the author describe the task of getting the rebel troops together for another battle following their surprise victory over the Hessians?

5. How do the soldiers of George Washington's army feel he stands in battle against their opponents?

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