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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. "Washington's Crossing" is a story about which war?
(a) American Revolutionary.
(b) Spanish-American.
(c) French and Indian.
(d) Mexican.

2. What is a big issue facing the American rebels?
(a) Lack of enemy intelligence.
(b) Lack of courage.
(c) Lack of dedication.
(d) Overload of ammunition supplies.

3. When does Thomas Paine decide to publish another pamphlet similar to Common Sense?
(a) December, 1776.
(b) November, 1776.
(c) January, 1777.
(d) October, 1776.

4. While officers of the Hessian army all have specific beliefs, by what are these men defined?
(a) Honor and aristocracy.
(b) Courage and wealth.
(c) Courage and honor.
(d) Aristocracy and wealth.

5. Where does General William Howe become part of a strong demonstration intended to force the Colonists back to their proper allegiance?
(a) Boston.
(b) Philadelphia.
(c) Trenton.
(d) Long Island.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of concept is the British light infantry?

2. What are the first British battalions to land?

3. What other group of individuals plays both sides well during the American Revolutionary War?

4. In what month of 1776 do the Americans lose the Battle of Long Island?

5. Military training is important to the British as they feel it enforces what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Thomas Paine seek to change with his second pamphlet, entitled "The American Crisis," in November 1776?

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

5. Why is it George Washington decides to cross the Delaware River and attack Trenton?

6. How does George Washington fare in Manhattan in 1776?

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

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

9. How does the British military approach training?

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

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