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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 3.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What hunch of Eisenhower's in regards to General Giraud looks to be accurate?
(a) That he would not settle for less than being appointed Commander-in-Chief of all Allied forces.
(b) That Giraud was waiting out the results of TORCH before committing to the Allied cause.
(c) That Giraud was following orders from Petain after all.
(d) That Giraud was an Axis spy.

2. What went wrong with operation VILLAIN?
(a) Bad fuel caused several plane engines to seize in the air and forced crash landings in Spain.
(b) German air raids delayed the departure.
(c) Bad weather with incorrectly timed and broadcasted beacons.
(d) Only thirty-percent of planes made it past Axis defenses.

3. While Patton was made a national hero in taking Casablanca, which defects were also revealed, according to the author?
(a) All answers are correct.
(b) An incapacity to empathize with frightened soldiers.
(c) A wonton disregard of logistics.
(d) A childish propensity to feud with other services.

4. Upon the capitulation of the French, what 'natural order' was quickly re-established?
(a) British generalship.
(b) Mutual distrust.
(c) French superiority.
(d) Franco-American amity.

5. A British Tommy is quoted as saying:
(a) "No guts. No glory."
(b) "To the victor, go the spoils."
(c) "The last war was a war to end war. This war's to start 'em up again."
(d) "Through France passes our shortest route to the Heart of Germany."

Short Answer Questions

1. Against the wishes of his generals, the president of the United States canceled which plan in preference for a North African invasion?

2. What was it that finally broke the Kasbah's defenses?

3. On January 1, 1942, twenty-six countries signed an agreement to forswear any separate peace without mutual concurrence and to make a common cause of "life, liberty independence, and religious freedom, and to preserve the rights of man and justice." This group of nations called themselves:

4. What two particular subjects did Mark Clark know of that would have made him a valuable capture for the Axis Cause?

5. What was considered "the single most decisive act of the Second World War," by historian Marin Gilbert?

(see the answer key)

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