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David Hackett Fischer
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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 "Hard Choices," the author indicates that it is important to note George Washington's style of leadership when his war council convenes, that he presents a promising proposal as what?
(a) Someone else's idea because he always ensures credit is given where it is rightfully due.
(b) His own idea in case it goes wrong.
(c) His own idea, regardless of its origination, for his own advancement.
(d) Someone else's idea rather than his own.

2. As the news of "The Surprise" victory over the Hessians spreads through America, many people receive it how?
(a) Suspiciously, as more exageration than reality.
(b) As a vindication of the American Cause.
(c) As more hype than significance.
(d) Uncertain of whether it is a turning point.

3. Due to their delay from bad weather, George Washington puts their attack time at about what hour?
(a) 7 a.m.
(b) Noon.
(c) 11 a.m.
(d) 9 a.m.

4. George Washington holds firmly to his resolve, which the author points out is one of the reasons the general's men regard him how?
(a) Fear him.
(b) Love him.
(c) Follow him.
(d) Stand by him.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the British and Hessian troops noted for throughout the war in the Colonies?

2. The Hessian officers are angry about their defeat in the surprise victory by the rebels, and they want what?

3. The victory of the Americans in their surprise attack on the Hessians that Mr. Fischer relates in "The Surprise" does what to the British view?

4. British commanders are highly skilled professionals who bond with one another as old boys, but are sensitive to what?

5. From a military perspective, what is George Washington concerned about in the attack at Trenton?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Charles Cornwallis conduct his decision making?

4. How does Charles Cornwallis view the American forces following their second victory at Trenton?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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