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

David Hackett Fischer
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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. What are the first British battalions to land?

2. When does the American Revolutionary War take place?

3. "Washington's Crossing" is a story about which war?

4. "Washington's Crossing" concerns what river?

5. How are Admiral Lord Richard and General William Howe related?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is the war victory celebrated by Bostonians premature when the British leave town and George Washington and his men march through as heroes?

3. Describe the relatively new concept of a light infantry which is brought to New York by the British.

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

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

6. How does the British military approach training?

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

8. How might the officers of the Hessian army be described?

9. How does misinformation cost George Washington the Battle of Long Island in August of 1776?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What delays the Americans from crossing the Delaware River and making a surprise attack at Trenton on Christmas Day of 1776? What is a nor'easter? What specific effects does it have on the Americans' advance toward Trenton? How does it affect their crossing the Delaware River? How does George Washington continue? How late are the Americans from their intended arrival? How does it affect their surprise attack?

Essay Topic 2

How do the War Councils of George Washington and Charles Cornwallis compare? How large are their respective councils? Who are the members? How do the respective commanders conduct their councils when making decisions? What is Cornwallis' approach to utilizing his council? How does Washington rely upon his council?

Essay Topic 3

How do American rebel forces behave as they retreat across New Jersey? In what type of confrontations do they engage their enemy? Against what odds are the Americans fighting? What is the British impression of this?

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