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. How does General Washington respond to families, such as the Van Hornes, who pledge allegiance to the king?

3. How extensively do the Americans display their lack of training and discipline?

4. What is one important way the Americans display their lack of training and discipline?

5. As the British convene, at what pace does their training continue?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the Hessians and British military forces differ in their approach to discipline?

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

3. Why was George Washington selected as commander-in-chief of the American army?

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

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

6. What causes the British to feel slightly vulnerable to attack?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

After the Americans' victory at Trenton, what concerns George Washington? What type of an enemy has the American force awoken? Why does Washington view himself as being in a delicate spot? What are the chances of his ruining the American cause? What are Washington's concerns regarding the weather and state of his forces? What is Washington's view of his troops having to fight again on a frozen battlefield?

Essay Topic 3

What approach does the British military take in pursuing the American rebels across New Jersey? What effort do they make to engage the Americans?How long do the British Howe brothers believe the rebellion will last? As the winter of 1776 approaches, rather than engage in conflict, what do the British forces do?

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