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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 British peg Richard Stockton as a signer of the Declaration of Independence, capture him, and then compel him to do what?
(a) Sail to Britain for the duration of the conflict.
(b) Pledge allegiance to the king and abandon the American cause.
(c) Move with his family to South Carolina.
(d) Serve nearly a year in British confinement.

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?
(a) 1776.
(b) 1777.
(c) 1775.
(d) 1778.

3. Rather than a retreat from New York, how does General Washington view the maneuver?
(a) As "resorting gear at the rear."
(b) As a "switch in fronts."
(c) As a "swing to the wing."
(d) As a "slide to the side."

4. How extensively do the Americans display their lack of training and discipline?
(a) In few ways.
(b) In a moderate number of ways.
(c) In virtually all ways.
(d) In many ways.

5. While officers of the Hessian army all have specific beliefs, by what are these men defined?
(a) Honor and aristocracy.
(b) Aristocracy and wealth.
(c) Courage and honor.
(d) Courage and wealth.

Short Answer Questions

1. Washington is not everyone's first choice as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army. Why is he selected?

2. As George Washington makes plans for a surprise attack on Trenton, where do Richard and William Howe disperse the British forces?

3. What happens in December, 1776, that changes the course of the war?

4. What is Thomas Paine's intention in publishing his second pamphlet?

5. Believing the American rebellion is over, citizens of which city flee fearing the opposing forces are nearing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is it George Washington decides to cross the Delaware River and attack Trenton?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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