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

David Hackett Fischer
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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. How does British military training compare with that of the American Revolutionaries?

2. While officers of the Hessian army all have specific beliefs, by what are these men defined?

3. Who expands the Hessian army?

4. What is the overall goal of the British in America?

5. When does the American Revolutionary War take place?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. How does Charles Cornwallis conduct his decision making?

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

5. How does the author summarize George Washington's growth as a leader during the American Revolution?

6. What is George Washington's fear as his troops march toward Trenton?

7. What effect do the Battles at Trenton and Princeton have upon the British?

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

9. How does the British military approach training?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In November, 1776, Thomas Paine publishes another pamphlet, "The American Crisis," which is similar to what other pamphlet also written by Paine? What is Paine's intention with this second pamphlet? Why does Paine feel his second pamphlet is necessary? What is Paine's view of war? How does he view British tyranny? How successful is "The American Crisis" in awakening the people within the United States? What is the single most urgent task upon which Paine focuses the minds of the nation?

Essay Topic 3

What elements comprise the Hessian army? How many Hessian troops are there? From what sources does Friedrich Wilhelm II draw his recruits and expand his army? What are considered "expendable" elements? Where do high-ranking officers within the Hessian army originate?

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