Washington's Crossing Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The British military is very organized and feels training makes a significant contribution to what?

2. Admiral Lord Richard and General William Howe are stationed in the Colonies by whose orders?

3. General William Howe feels he knows something else. What is it?

4. According to the author, during the American's retreat following their defeat in New York, how do the rebels behave?

5. The author believes that, as the Americans mature as a cohesive unit, they will eventually see the benefits of what?

Short Essay Questions

1. As the winter of 1776 approaches, what view do the British develop regarding the American Revolution?

2. How does the Hessian army become involved in the American Revolution?

3. What is General William Howe's view regarding the British chances of defeating the American rebels following the Battle of Bunker Hill?

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

5. What are the foundational elements behind the British military?

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

7. "Washington's Crossing" by David Hackett Fischer is the story about what?

8. What is an interesting fact the author notes regarding the American attitude during their retreat through New Jersey?

9. How does George Washington fare in Manhattan in 1776?

10. What events at the end of 1776 are foreshadowed early within the chapter entitled "The Retreat?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what ways do the American troops display their lack of discipline and training? How do they maintain their quarters? How organized are they? What is the initial level of American military intelligence? How do they demonstrate a lack of it? What costly mistakes do George Washington and his officers make?

Essay Topic 2

How do the Americans prevail at Princeton? Of what do they maintain control that keeps the British from fleeing and reinforcements from arriving? How difficult is the battle? Where do the Americans stand following the battles at Trenton and Princeton?

Essay Topic 3

Why is the battle at the bridge at Assunpink Creek significant? Where is it situated? What is it the Americans' hope to accomplish there? What is it their opponents seek to do there? What do the Americans do to achieve success? How costly is this battle?

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