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, Brunswick.
(b) Princeton, Trenton.
(c) Trenton, Brunswick.
(d) Newark, Princeton.

2. 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) Gone from their country.
(d) Pushed to the coast.

3. Although the Hessians prepare in every other way possible against an attack, what factor plays a crucial role in the events the author details in the chapter he calls "The Surprise?"
(a) The time of the attack.
(b) The weather.
(c) The speed of the attack.
(d) The size of the American army.

4. How does the artillery affect the mobility of the American army during their march toward Trenton?
(a) Presents only a moderate hindrance.
(b) Imposes a major impediment.
(c) Provides relative maneuverability.
(d) They maintain a rapid speed.

5. 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 search and destroy teams.
(c) Supporting arms for their own marines.
(d) Supporting arms for reconnaissance forces.

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

7. How do Cornwallis' troops come to feel in comparison with their commanders?
(a) They have no new respect for rebels, but have diminishing faith in their own leaders.
(b) They have a new respect for rebels, but retain faith in their own leaders.
(c) They have a new respect for Americans, and are losing faith in their own leaders.
(d) They view the American victory as a fluke, and are keeping faith in their own leaders.

8. 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?
(a) The flight of the rebel army.
(b) The end of the rebel assault for months to come.
(c) The loss of significant amounts of American supplies.
(d) The end of the American cause altogether.

9. 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' marching, artillery training, and determination.
(c) Their opponents' discipline, marching, and marksmanship.
(d) Their opponents' timeliness, skill, and never fleeing.

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

11. What term does Benjamin Rush use to describe the mood of the American troops?
(a) Composure.
(b) Frustrated.
(c) Exhausted.
(d) Excited.

12. 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) 12 hours.
(b) 8 hours.
(c) 4 hours.
(d) 6 hours.

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

14. As the weather worsens, the Americans do not make their return crossing over the river in pursuit of the Hessians until when?
(a) New Year's Day.
(b) The second week of January, 1777.
(c) New Year's Eve.
(d) The first week of January, 1777.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. George Washington holds firmly to his resolve, which the author points out is one of the reasons the general's men regard him how?

2. What is the American rebels' attitude following their crossing the Delaware River and heading on toward Trenton?

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

4. In "Hard Choices," what is one of Washington's concerns?

5. 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?

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