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. In a way, General William Howe might be acknowledging what subsequent outcome of sthe Battle at Bunker Hill?

2. The Hessian system of discipline differs from that of the British in that the Hessians make greater use of what?

3. How does the American military system prove its superiority?

4. At one point, what is it that haunts General William Howe about the Battle at Bunker Hill, which is eventually won by the British?

5. Who is the best choice for Commander-in-Chief given his experience of command yet is young enough to take the field?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River considered the turning point in the American Revolutionary War?

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

4. What are two of the many ways in which the Americans display their lack of discipline and training?

5. What role does military intelligence play in the Battle at Trenton?

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

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

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

9. Why is the bridge at Assunpink Creek crucial for the Americans to protect?

10. Why is it in this chapter, "The Crisis," that the author mentions that some people refer to George Washington as a dictator?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The Americans arrive in Trenton around 7:30 a.m. Why do they still have a surprise attack? The Hessians are diligent, so what have they done to make them prone to a surprise attack? What makes the American army of volunteers with less training and discipline successful against a professional military with more of these attributes? How successful are the Americans in the execution of their attack, and what do they achieve?

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