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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. As George Washington makes plans for a surprise attack on Trenton, where do Richard and William Howe disperse the British forces?
(a) Across western New Jersey.
(b) Throughout eastern New Jersey and New York.
(c) Across southern New Jersey.
(d) Far and wide throughout New Jersey.

2. What is one important way the Americans display their lack of training and discipline?
(a) Their virtual inability to utilize firearms.
(b) Their maintaining their lodging in disarray and constantly soiled.
(c) Their unwillingness to give their lives to the effort.
(d) Their lack of dedication to the cause in difficult times.

3. The summer illness that plagues those fighting the Americans in the latter half of the 1770s strikes which troops?
(a) All opposed to the Americans.
(b) Hessian only.
(c) British only.
(d) Canadian.

4. "Washington's Crossing" details each battle fought from Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Fort Lee, Trenton, and ultimately where?
(a) Appotomax.
(b) Richmond.
(c) Princeton.
(d) Raleigh.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. After General Washington leaves New York, where do the British follow the Americans over the Hudson River ?

3. The British pacification policy runs into problems arising from a lack of supply, and troops commonly doing what?

4. What is the title of Thomas Paine's second pamphlet?

5. Where in New York Harbor do the British and Hessian armies arrive?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What events at the end of 1776 are foreshadowed early within the chapter entitled "The Retreat?"

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

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

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

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

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

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