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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. If a Hessian soldier misbehaves, who else suffers the same consequences?
(a) Fellow citizens of his home village or town.
(b) Fellow troops in his squad.
(c) Fellow troops in his regiment.
(d) Fellow members in his family.

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

3. How are Admiral Lord Richard and General William Howe related?
(a) Brothers.
(b) Uncle and nephew.
(c) First cousins.
(d) Step-brothers.

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

5. 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?
(a) Tyrant.
(b) Oppressor.
(c) Despot.
(d) Dictator.

Short Answer Questions

1. The summer illness that plagues those fighting the Americans in the latter half of the 1770s strikes which troops?

2. Who expands the Hessian army?

3. How does General Washington respond to families, such as the Van Hornes, who pledge allegiance to the king?

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

5. Rather than a retreat from New York, how does General Washington view the maneuver?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. "Washington's Crossing" by David Hackett Fischer is the story about what?

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

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

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

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

7. How do the Hessians and British military forces differ in their approach to discipline?

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

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

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

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