Washington's Crossing Test | Final 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. George Washington has a smaller army but a larger War Council. Washinginton's War Council has more open meetings, proposes problems for advice about how to advance rather than having already made decisions, and includes what else?

2. Just one week before the Hessian loss in George Washington's surprise attack, many British leaders believe what?

3. In "Hard Choices," how does the author describe the task of getting the rebel troops together for another battle following their surprise victory over the Hessians?

4. How often during the operation to which the title of the book refers (i.e., Washington's Crossing,) does George Washington believe his forces are unable to win?

5. In "Hard Choices," what is one of Washington's concerns?

Short Essay Questions

1. To what is the title of the chapter called "Good Ground" a reference?

2. How does the initial assault on Trenton fare for the Americans?

3. What approach does George Washington take to decision making?

4. Why is the nor'easter seen as a blessing in disguise?

5. What style of leadership is beginning to emerge on George Washington's part?

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

7. What does Benjamin Rush's term "composure" indicate when describing the mood of the American rebels?

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

9. What factor does time play in the Battle for Trenton?

10. Although the British catch sight of the American army approaching, what do the rebels retain?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

How crucial are discipline and order to the defeats and victories of each army? How do these issues come up throughout the duration of the conflict? How difficult are these lessons for the Americans to learn as they progress? How do the Americans eventually come to see the benefits?

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