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

2. The British military is very organized and feels training makes a significant contribution to what?
(a) Scholastic apptitude.
(b) Flag signaling.
(c) Preservation of order.
(d) Morse Code.

3. The first chapter, "The Rebels," foreshadows what events?
(a) The hardest struggles yet to come in the Revolution.
(b) The death of Washington prior to the end of the war.
(c) The struggles in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and the Carolinas.
(d) The death of Benjamin Franklin prior to the end of the war..

4. At what location are the Americans just a few miles from where the British settle on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River?
(a) Fort Washington.
(b) Fort Greene.
(c) Fort Delaware.
(d) Fort Lee.

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?
(a) Back to Philadelphia.
(b) North to Boston.
(c) Down to Baltimore.
(d) Clear across the state.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In what battle do the Americans lose New York to their enemy?

3. The Americans move to what state following their defeat in New York?

4. When does the American Revolutionary War take place?

5. According to the author, during the American's retreat following their defeat in New York, how do the rebels behave?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why was George Washington selected as commander-in-chief of the American army?

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

4. How does the British military approach training?

5. What do the Van Horne, Stockton, and other prominent New Jersey families, have in common during the Revolution?

6. Who are the British military's Howe brothers?

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

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

9. When they arrive in America, the British army consists of what elements?

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

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