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. The American troops are given how many days' advance notice to get supplies and weaponry together to create the element of surprise in their attack on Trenton?

2. From where do most of the high-ranking Hessian officers come?

3. What do the British intend to do following their confrontation with the Americans on the New Jersey shoreline of the Hudson River?

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

5. When the Americans initially flee Long Island, what initially prevents their enemy from catching up?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the British pacification policy run into problems arising from problems of supply?

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

3. Why is it George Washington decides to cross the Delaware River and attack Trenton?

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does the British military approach training?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Into what Forage War do the Americans force their enemy? What is the Americans' objective? How effective are the Americans in preventing the British and Hessians from foraging and maintaining their armies? How much damage are the Americans able to inflict on their enemies' efforts to continue the war in the Colonies?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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