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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. After their victory in New York, the British make plans to settle down for the winter. However, what distance factor works against them in a big way?
(a) Ability to maintain effective communication and accurate intelligence.
(b) Movement of their troops and equipment has been costly.
(c) Movement of their troops and equipment has been slow given the size.
(d) Fresh troops and supplies take a long time to reach America.

2. After what battle has General William Howe essentially given up?
(a) Long Island.
(b) Bunker Hill.
(c) Trenton.
(d) Yorktown.

3. What is Thomas Paine's intention in publishing his second pamphlet?
(a) Consider if the losses in life and other costs are worth the price.
(b) Evaluate whether or not the American cause has reached an end.
(c) Revive army and civilian spirit for the revolutionary cause.
(d) Analyze the course the revolution has taken, and where it stands.

4. The officers of the Hessian army all believe in hierarchy, order, and what else?
(a) Discipline.
(b) The Protestant ethic.
(c) Low, leather boots without tassels.
(d) Roman Catholicism.

5. After General Washington leaves New York, where do the British follow the Americans over the Hudson River ?
(a) Plymouth Rock.
(b) Passaic.
(c) Palomar.
(d) Palisades.

Short Answer Questions

1. On what single most urgent task does Thoma Paine attempt to concentrate the mind of the nation?

2. How many Hessian soldiers do the British hire?

3. In order to put the Americans down and keep them down, General William Howe feels the British will have to be what?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How might the officers of the Hessian army be described?

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

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

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

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