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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. What is the title of Thomas Paine's second pamphlet?
(a) The American Revolution.
(b) The Colonial Revolution.
(c) The Colonial Crisis.
(d) The American Crisis.

2. From where do most of the high-ranking Hessian officers come?
(a) Sandhurst Royal Military Academy.
(b) Hesse, a province in western Russia.
(c) The aristocracy.
(d) The middle-class.

3. The British pacification policy runs into problems arising from a lack of supply, and troops commonly doing what?
(a) Purchasing from farmers.
(b) Foraging as needed.
(c) Exchanging British money.
(d) Purchasing from merchants.

4. How does General Washington respond to families, such as the Van Hornes, who pledge allegiance to the king?
(a) He orders them to trial on charges of treason.
(b) He deports them to a neutral island in the Caribbean Sea.
(c) He compels them to relinquish their property and financial assets.
(d) He does nothing other than look down on it.

5. The first chapter, "The Rebels," foreshadows which battles?
(a) The biggest.
(b) No battles.
(c) Every battle.
(d) Merely sea battles.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the time of the American Revolution, which force is equal to the British army?

2. Initially, General Washington and his remaining troops flee Long Island to what location?

3. General Washington believes that only 20% of British forces are on Long Island and are ready for battle. In reality, what is this percentage?

4. Where does the Americans' intelligence methodology work better than it had in New York?

5. Where in New York Harbor do the British and Hessian armies arrive?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is an interesting fact the author notes regarding the American attitude during their retreat through New Jersey?

2. Why is the war victory celebrated by Bostonians premature when the British leave town and George Washington and his men march through as heroes?

3. Why is it in this chapter, "The Crisis," that the author mentions that some people refer to George Washington as a dictator?

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

5. What causes the British to feel slightly vulnerable to attack?

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

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

8. What are the foundational elements behind the British military?

9. What does the author note regarding the roles order and discipline have in the victories and the defeats?

10. Describe the relatively new concept of a light infantry which is brought to New York by the British.

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