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. While the British position at Princeton proves "untenable," they manage to disrupt George Washington's advance where?

2. When do the American troops prepare to cross the Delaware River and invade Trenton?

3. How do the Americans rate the effectiveness of their artillery in combat with the British?

4. Although George Washington has gained the victory the Americans desperately need in "The Surprise" battle, he also recognizes what?

5. At the conclusion of the chapter entitled "The Surprise," the author notes the Hessians are simply tired by the end of the day, and the Americans are far too driven to accept another defeat for what reason?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What role does the determination of the Americans play in their success?

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

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

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

6. How does Charles Cornwallis conduct his decision making?

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

8. How does Charles Cornwallis view the American forces following their second victory at Trenton?

9. What are some of the unexpected obstacles George Washington encounters en route to Trenton?

10. How does George Washington plan to use his artillery in his attack on Trenton?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How do American rebel forces behave as they retreat across New Jersey? In what type of confrontations do they engage their enemy? Against what odds are the Americans fighting? What is the British impression of this?

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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