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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. In the chapter entitled "The Surprise," the Hessians are caught completely off guard in what will prove to be a pivotal battle in the war when the Americans arrive on scene about what time?
(a) Late afternoon.
(b) Late morning.
(c) Early morning.
(d) Early afternoon.

2. 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 are tired of losing.
(b) The Americans are led by George Washington.
(c) The Americans have lost too much already.
(d) The Americans are fighting for their freedom.

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?
(a) Leave to go home.
(b) Leave to serve in the navy.
(c) Leave to go home or serve in the navy.
(d) Leave to go home and continue farming.

4. The author stipulates which two battles as having a profound effect on the British conduct of the war?
(a) Trenton, Brunswick.
(b) Newark, Princeton.
(c) Princeton, Trenton.
(d) Princeton, Brunswick.

5. According to the author in the chapter entitled "The Surprise," if the Americans lose this historical battle, it will signal the end of George Washington's career, if not what?
(a) The flight of the rebel army.
(b) The end of the rebel assault for months to come.
(c) The end of the American cause altogether.
(d) The loss of significant amounts of American supplies.

Short Answer Questions

1. The confrontation the author describes in "Good Ground" between the Rebels and the combined British and Hessian troops is to be what?

2. In "Hard Choices," who urges George Washington to push the enemy from the state?

3. In the chapter entitled "Hard Choices," George Washington realizes he is in a delicate spot because if he makes any mistakes, or if fortune turns against him, he risks what?

4. How many of the Americans' artillery pieces are lost in George Washington's Delaware River crossing?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What factor does time play in the Battle for Trenton?

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

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

6. How does George Washington plan to use his artillery in his attack on Trenton?

7. What deters George Washington from attacking Trenton when he originally plans?

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

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

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

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