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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. Between the troops, weapons, and supplies they need to get across the Delaware River prior to the attack, how far behind does traveling in the storm put the Americans?
(a) 6 hours.
(b) 8 hours.
(c) 12 hours.
(d) 4 hours.

2. How does the artillery affect the mobility of the American army during their march toward Trenton?
(a) They maintain a rapid speed.
(b) Provides relative maneuverability.
(c) Imposes a major impediment.
(d) Presents only a moderate hindrance.

3. What view proves to be a mistake of historical consequence on the part of the Hessians in the pivotal battle at Trenton?
(a) They are severely outnumbered.
(b) They can not gather the defense needed to fight off the rebels.
(c) They can not gather the offense needed to fight off the rebels.
(d) The rebel units are more extensively trained than the Hessians.

4. While the location the Americans select is their own ground, it is not what?
(a) Easily defendable.
(b) Easily located.
(c) Easily assaulted.
(d) Easily overrun.

5. The rebels return over the river in pursuit of the Hessians, but how large is this campaign?
(a) 2/3 smaller than the first as the Hessians are widely dispersed.
(b) Equal in size to the first.
(c) 1/3 smaller than the first.
(d) Bigger than the first.

Short Answer Questions

1. Charles Cornwallis has a larger army but fewer members in his War Council, which he operates more like a court where he is a ruler rather than a leader, and is referred to by what term?

2. 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?

3. How do the Americans rate the effectiveness of their artillery in combat with the British?

4. How do Cornwallis' troops come to feel in comparison with their commanders?

5. Intelligence has what to do with the Americans' success in "The Surprise" battle and the Hessian's failure?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What role does the determination of the Americans play in their success?

3. What is the outcome when the British attempt to defend Princeton?

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

5. What are some of the unexpected obstacles George Washington encounters en route to Trenton?

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

7. Why is the bridge at Assunpink Creek crucial for the Americans to protect?

8. How does George Washington view his situation following his victory at Trenton?

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

10. How does Charles Cornwallis conduct his decision making?

(see the answer keys)

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