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George Washington - French and Indian War (1754 - 1758)

Geeorge Washington1) The Ohio Company was an important vehicle through which British investors planned to expand into the Ohio Valley, opening new settlements and trading posts for the Indian trade. In 1753, the French themselves began expanding their military control into the Ohio Country, a territory already claimed by the British colonies of Virginia and Pennsylvania.

  • True or False?

2) The lieutenant governor of colonial Virginia was ordered by the British government to guard the British territorial claims including the Ohio River basin. In late 1753, he sent George Washington, to deliver a letter asking the French to vacate the Ohio Valley. Who was the lieutenant governor of colonial Virginia?

  1. James Williams

  2. Michael Patrick

  3. John Smith

  4. Robert Dinwiddie

3) During his trip where did Washington met with Tanacharison (also called "Half-King") and other Iroquois chiefs allied with England to secure their support in case of a military conflict with the French; Washington and Tanacharison became friends?

  1. Logstown

  2. Williamsburg

  3. Riverside

  4. Parkersburg

4) Washington delivered the letter to the local French commander Jacques Legardeur de Saint-Pierre, who dramatically agreed to leave.

  • True or False?

5) Washington kept a diary during his expedition that was printed and made Washington's name recognizable in Virginia. Who printed the diary?

  1. Bruce Allen

  2. William Hunter

  3. Ira Hayes

  4. Edger Poe

6) Washington goes back to the Ohio Country to protect an Ohio Company's crew constructing a fort. What is the present-day site?

  1. Wheeling, West Virginia

  2. Harpers Ferry, Maryland

  3. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

  4. Steubenville, Ohio

7) The French attack and capture Washington in July 1754. He was allowed to return with his troops to Virginia. What was the fort Washington commanded?

  1. Fort Necessity

  2. Nutters Fort

  3. Fort Collins

  4. Camp Washington

8) In 1755, Washington was the senior American aide to British General Edward Braddock on the ill-fated Braddock expedition. This was the largest British expedition to the colonies, and was intended to expel the French from the Ohio Country. The French and their Indian allies ambushed Braddock, who was mortally wounded in the battle.  What was the battle?

  1. Battle of the Ohio

  2. Battle of the Allegheny

  3. Battle of New River

  4. Battle of the Monongahela

  1. 9) Washington was rewarded with a commission as "Colonel of the Virginia Regiment and Commander in Chief of all forces now raised in the defense of His Majesty's Colony" and gave him the task of defending Virginia's frontier. The Virginia Regiment was the first full-time American military unit in the colonies (as opposed to part-time militias and the British regular units).  What was the year?

  1. 1753

  2. 1755

  3. 1758

  4. 1760

10) In 1758, Washington participated in the Forbes Expedition to capture Fort Duquesne.  He was embarrassed by a friendly fire episode in which his unit and another British unit thought the other was the French enemy and opened fire, with 14 dead and 26 wounded in the mishap.  Washington was not involved in any other major fighting on the expedition, and the British scored a major strategic victory, gaining control of the Ohio Valley, when the French abandoned the fort.  Following the expedition, he retired from his Virginia Regiment commission in December 1758.  When did Washington return to a military life?

  1. 1765

  2. 1770

  3. 1775

  4. 1776

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George Washington - French and Indian War [Answers]

1) True 2) D. 3) A. 4) False. Washington delivered the letter to the local French commander Jacques Legardeur de Saint-Pierre, who politely refused to leave. 5) B. 6) C. 7) A. 8) D. 9) B. 10) C.


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