SAT Subject US History Practice Question 365: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 365

76. George Washington chose Christmas night to cross the icy Delaware River and capture Trenton because

A. he surmised that the Hessians guarding Trenton would not be prepared for an attack on Christmas morning
B. it was the only night his staff officers would agree to attack
C. the period for which his troops had enlisted would be over the next morning
D. his wife had a dream that he would win a battle before the end of the year
E. he was not religious and did not observe Christmas

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

Washington thought that if the Hessians celebrated the holiday, they would be caught completely off guard by an attack at dawn the following morning.

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