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. After their victory in New York, the British make plans to settle down for the winter. However, what distance factor works against them in a big way?

2. What is Thomas Paine's intention in publishing his second pamphlet?

3. The British pacification policy runs into problems arising from a lack of supply, and troops commonly doing what?

4. What are the first British battalions to land?

5. The Americans move to what state following their defeat in New York?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are some of the problems the Americans face as they pursue the enemy eastward across New Jersey?

3. Why do the British and Hessians come to incur heavy losses as the war progresses?

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

5. Although the British eventually gain the upper hand at the Battle of Bunker Hill, what is it that so affects General William Howe?

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

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

8. What does the author note regarding the roles order and discipline have in the victories and the defeats?

9. What does George Washington view as critical to the success of his attack on Trenton?

10. Who are the British military's Howe brothers?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

While not everyone's first choice as the commander-in-chief of the American army, why is Washington the best selection? What experience does Washington have as a commander? What is Washington's age and health at this time? What other factors come into play making Washington the optimum selection?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The Hessians are legendary for their discipline as well as courage and obedience. How does discipline in the Hessian army differ from that in the British military? How much more or less strict is Hessian discipline? What use do they make of corporal punishment? How far does punishment for a soldier that misbehaves extend?

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