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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. British commanders are highly skilled professionals who bond with one another as old boys, but are sensitive to what?
(a) Rank and privilege.
(b) Wealth and competence.
(c) Wealth and title.
(d) Education and rank.

2. What is the American rebels' attitude following their crossing the Delaware River and heading on toward Trenton?
(a) They have pretty much given up.
(b) They are in understandably poor spirits.
(c) They are despondent.
(d) They are in remarkably good spirits.

3. At the conclusion of the chapter entitled "The Surprise," the author notes the Hessians are simply tired by the end of the day, and the Americans are far too driven to accept another defeat for what reason?
(a) The Americans have lost too much already.
(b) The Americans are led by George Washington.
(c) The Americans are fighting for their freedom.
(d) The Americans are tired of losing.

4. The night after the battle at the bridge where rebels win their second victory, Charles Cornwallis' men keep tabs on the Americans, the objective being to watch the enemy and do what?
(a) Keep rebel patrols from finding the positions of British units.
(b) Keep rebel patrols from finding the positions of Hessian units.
(c) Keep rebel patrols at bay.
(d) Keep rebel patrols from finding the positions of British and Hessian units.

5. When "The Surprise" battle is over, the Americans have won a decisive victory and the Hessians do what?
(a) Die to the last soldier.
(b) Surrender.
(c) Join with the Americans.
(d) Flee the country.

Short Answer Questions

1. What view proves to be a mistake of historical consequence on the part of the Hessians in the pivotal battle at Trenton?

2. How does the artillery affect the mobility of the American army during their march toward Trenton?

3. In "Hard Choices," the author notes one of the biggest problems facing George Washington's army is recruiting new troops as many soldiers are reaching the end of their term and planning to do what?

4. How does the author describe the storm that breaks out on the day of the battle on which this book centers?

5. In "The Surprise," time is still of the essence for the Americans in this historical battle for what reason?

Short Essay Questions

1. What role does military intelligence play in the Battle at Trenton?

2. How does the initial assault on Trenton fare for the Americans?

3. What role does the nor'easter play in the Hessian's lack of preparedness for an attack?

4. Although the British catch sight of the American army approaching, what do the rebels retain?

5. What effect do the Battles at Trenton and Princeton have upon the British?

6. What is George Washington's fear as his troops march toward Trenton?

7. How does Charles Cornwallis conduct his decision making?

8. How hasd the British view of the military situation in America change since the Hessian defeat at Trenton on Christmas Eve day, 1776?

9. What is one of the largest problems George Washington is facing during the winter of 1776-1777?

10. What does Benjamin Rush's term "composure" indicate when describing the mood of the American rebels?

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