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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. How does British military training compare with that of the American Revolutionaries?
(a) Significantly different.
(b) Virtually the same.
(c) Fairly similar.
(d) Identical.

2. The author's mentioning of Congress' taking steps toward a system of separate legislative and executive powers foreshadows what?
(a) The foundation of a democratic form of American government.
(b) The foundation of a republican form of American government.
(c) The foundation of checks and balances for the current government.
(d) The foreshadowing of voting rights regardless of sex or race.

3. What habits does General William Howe adopt after he recognizes the rebels' level of resistance?
(a) Carousing and gambling, indicating he cares little going forward.
(b) Praying, reading his Bible, and baptizing fellow soldiers.
(c) Fighting harder, resisting longer, and refusing to yield.
(d) Demonstrating courage, conviction, and traits of a gentleman.

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

5. In what month of 1776 do the Americans lose the Battle of Long Island?
(a) August.
(b) Early September.
(c) July.
(d) June.

Short Answer Questions

1. The first chapter, "The Rebels," foreshadows which battles?

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

3. In 1776, the British start to get cocky in their attitude toward the rebellion and do not think that it will survive beyond what point?

4. When does Thomas Paine decide to publish another pamphlet similar to Common Sense?

5. Admiral Lord Richard and General William Howe are stationed in the Colonies by whose orders?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. What are the foundational elements behind the British military?

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

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

6. How does the British military approach training?

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

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

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

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

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