An Army at Dawn: The War in Africa, 1942-1943 Quiz | One Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 9.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Of the Fifty-two Sherman tanks caught in the German attack Fruhlingswind how many survived?
(a) 6.
(b) 24.
(c) 12.
(d) 0.

2. What two defects in planning for Longstop does the author point out?
(a) Underestimated the size of the enemy and misread the terrain.
(b) Used green troops and insufficient artillery.
(c) Expected tanks to take steep terrain and attacked with insufficient force.
(d) Placed artillery too distant for accuracy and turned down air support.

3. Who wrote the following after the drubbing in Sbeitla: "There is nothing wrong with the common American soldier. His fighting spirit is good. His morale is okay. The deeper he gets into a fight, the more of a fighting man he becomes."
(a) Charles Perry.
(b) Paul Robinett.
(c) Ernie Pyle.
(d) Dwight Eisenhower.

4. What best describes the enemy structure referred to as the 'Kasbah' by Americans?
(a) A large barn temporarily used as U.S. Army barracks.
(b) A sixteenth-century Portuguese fortress.
(c) A tower originally built during the crusades now used by a nest of snipers.
(d) A beach resort used as a French command center.

5. What was Leedstown?
(a) The U.S.S. Leedstown was the first victim of the Luftwaffe in the North African campaign.
(b) An upgraded English tank thought to be more conducive to desert warfare.
(c) The English city from which the bulk of the Royal Airforce departed for Africa.
(d) The Allied name for the supply depot built in Algiers.

Short Answer Questions

1. Drake's command "Bust the Balloon," meant what:

2. What plan did Colonel Frank Greer suggest that was countermanded by Terry Allen?

3. Why were the Vichy French fighting the Allies in North Africa?

4. In what state did General Harold Alexander find the Allied command?

5. While Patton was made a national hero in taking Casablanca, which defects were also revealed, according to the author?

(see the answer key)

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