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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. The American troops are given how many days' advance notice to get supplies and weaponry together to create the element of surprise in their attack on Trenton?
(a) 2.
(b) 4.
(c) 5.
(d) 3.

2. In the first chapter, "The Rebels," the author foreshadows upcoming events by initially using what term?
(a) The Admiral.
(b) His Excellency.
(c) The Boss.
(d) His Highness.

3. General William Howe feels he knows something else. What is it?
(a) The rebels will join the King's troops in opposition to the Hessians.
(b) Under sufficient pressure, the rebels will concede to the King's troops.
(c) The rebels will be willing to negotiate with the King's troops.
(d) The rebels will never see eye to eye with the King's troops.

4. Why do the British eventually hire the Hessian troops?
(a) The monarch of Hesse is in deep need of funds.
(b) Fighting breaks out in the Colonies.
(c) A virtual mercenary, the monarch of Hesse, hires on at a bargain rate.
(d) The British fear fighting will soon break out.

5. What type of concept is the British light infantry?
(a) Since early 1500s.
(b) Practiced only by British marines.
(c) New.
(d) Ancient.

Short Answer Questions

1. The officers of the Hessian army all believe in hierarchy, order, and what else?

2. An illness tears through the troops that fight against the Americans during the summer of what year in the latter half of the 1770s?

3. What do the people view Washington as being?

4. How successful is Thomas Paine in achieving his goal with his second pamphlet?

5. Following their confrontation in November, 1776, near the New Jersey shoreline on the Hudson River, where does General Cornwallis instruct his troops to follow the Americans?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does General Cornwallis instruct his troops to do in New Jersey?

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

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

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

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

6. Why do the British and Hessians come to incur heavy losses as the war progresses?

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

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

9. Why is George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River considered the turning point in the American Revolutionary War?

10. How does misinformation cost George Washington the Battle of Long Island in August of 1776?

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