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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. Who is the best choice for Commander-in-Chief given his experience of command yet is young enough to take the field?
(a) Benjamin Franklin.
(b) Thomas Paine.
(c) George Washington.
(d) Abraham Lincoln.

2. What does the British militia instruct beyond a general attitude?
(a) Use of the telegraph.
(b) How to swim.
(c) How to hunt and cook.
(d) Specific skills.

3. The British pacification policy runs into problems arising from a lack of supply, and troops commonly doing what?
(a) Exchanging British money.
(b) Purchasing from merchants.
(c) Foraging as needed.
(d) Purchasing from farmers.

4. At what rate does the Hessian army expand?
(a) Somewhat quickly.
(b) Slowly.
(c) Very rapidly.
(d) Steadily.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the British intend to do following their confrontation with the Americans on the New Jersey shoreline of the Hudson River?

2. In the chapter entitled "The Crisis," the author notes people already use the title "his Excellency" when speaking to George Washington, but identifies what other term as having a very different tone to it?

3. How does the American military system prove its superiority?

4. While officers of the Hessian army all have specific beliefs, by what are these men defined?

5. Why do the British eventually hire the Hessian troops?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are two of the many ways in which the Americans display their lack of discipline and training?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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