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. The Americans' surprise victory over the Hessians causes British commanders to also lose control of what?

2. The Hessian officers are angry about their defeat in the surprise victory by the rebels, and they want what?

3. How do Cornwallis' troops come to feel in comparison with their commanders?

4. The author stipulates which two battles as having a profound effect on the British conduct of the war?

5. How many of George Washington's troops are lost to the Delaware River during the Americans' crossing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are some of the problems the Americans face as they pursue the enemy eastward across New Jersey?

4. How does Charles Cornwallis conduct his decision making?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Into what Forage War do the Americans force their enemy? What is the Americans' objective? How effective are the Americans in preventing the British and Hessians from foraging and maintaining their armies? How much damage are the Americans able to inflict on their enemies' efforts to continue the war in the Colonies?

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 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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