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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does not allow the Hessians the rest they request?
(a) General William Howe.
(b) Colonel Johann Gottlieb Rall.
(c) Lieutenant Andreas von Wiederholdt.
(d) Friedrich Wilhelm II.

2. At the time of the American Revolution, which force is equal to the British army?
(a) French army.
(b) They have no equal.
(c) Spanish army.
(d) Hessian army.

3. What do the people view Washington as being?
(a) A true leader.
(b) A poor military leader.
(c) Strictly a politician.
(d) Best suited to plantation management.

4. In a way, General William Howe might be acknowledging what subsequent outcome of sthe Battle at Bunker Hill?
(a) The British are already defeated.
(b) The British will never concede.
(c) Winning the battle means they will win the war.
(d) They will not lose with the support of the Hessians.

5. While he hates war passionately, Paine believes it is the lesser of two evils, the worse being what?
(a) Having to live under socialism.
(b) Having to live under French tyranny.
(c) Having to live under British tyranny.
(d) Having to live under Hessian tyranny.

Short Answer Questions

1. The British military is very organized and feels training makes a significant contribution to what?

2. What are the first British battalions to land?

3. The author believes that, as the Americans mature as a cohesive unit, they will eventually see the benefits of what?

4. What happens in December, 1776, that changes the course of the war?

5. The Hessian troops are exhausted and want to move where to fully rest themselves?

Short Essay Questions

1. From what source do the Hessians draw their troops?

2. How does General William Howe act following the Battle of Bunker Hill?

3. As their enemy comes to suffer heavy losses as the war progresses, why is it the American system proves superior?

4. "Washington's Crossing" by David Hackett Fischer is the story about what?

5. How does the British pacification policy run into problems arising from problems of supply?

6. What is General William Howe's view regarding the British chances of defeating the American rebels following the Battle of Bunker Hill?

7. How does the Hessian army become involved in the American Revolution?

8. Although the British eventually gain the upper hand at the Battle of Bunker Hill, what is it that so affects General William Howe?

9. As the winter of 1776 approaches, what view do the British develop regarding the American Revolution?

10. What events at the end of 1776 are foreshadowed early within the chapter entitled "The Retreat?"

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