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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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:
(a) The International Democratic Union.
(b) NAFTA.
(c) The United Nations.
(d) The Allies.

2. Does the author consider RESERVIST a success?
(a) Yes, despite heavy casualties.
(b) No, although it was claimed as such.
(c) No, with the exception that not a single Allied ship was lost.
(d) Yes, especially in that no ships in the harbor were scuttled or damaged by the battle.

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

4. Based on a supposed indifference to civil liberties, unfair suggestions in the newspapers painted Eisenhower as what?
(a) Fascist.
(b) Communist.
(c) Classist.
(d) Criminal.

5. What did Eisenhower suspect of General Giraud?
(a) Axis sympathies.
(b) A bluff.
(c) Anti-semitism.
(d) Cowardess.

6. When German anti-aircraft gunners in Tunis fired at his plane by mistake, Field marshal Albert Kesselring's response was to:
(a) Re-station them to Antarctica.
(b) Order larger swastika's painted on all Axis aircraft.
(c) Rubuke them for missing an easy target.
(d) Install better sights on the guns.

7. Who did the American contingent meet in Cherchel?
(a) General Mast, the French commander of the Vichy army's XIX Corps.
(b) Benito Mussolini, Commander General of the Italian Africorps.
(c) General Henri Giraud, a senior general capable of uniting the French cause.
(d) The Desert Fox.

8. Inspired by the quality of the food during the Torch voyage, the 13th Armored Regiment suggested changing their battle cry to what?
(a) "For rations!"
(b) "Soup!"
(c) "Baaa!"
(d) "Salt!"

9. What event did the President of the United States hope the invasion of North Africa would precede?
(a) Congressional Elections.
(b) The six month mark from the date of declaring war against Japan.
(c) The Christmas holiday.
(d) The Fourth of July.

10. What decision by Rear Admiral Hewitt was considered "a brave decision, the decision of a commander," by Lord Lewis Mountbatten, the commander of British amphibious forces?
(a) To revise the attack and land in force.
(b) To hold off the invasion until better landings could be found.
(c) To move forward with the invasion as planned, despite conflicting weather reports.
(d) To temporarily break the fleet into six parts in order to escape U boats.

11. Old Ironsides was both the only tank division to see desert battle in WWII, and:
(a) The only tank division trained in amphibious assault.
(b) The only tank division to receive no desert training.
(c) The only tank division manned by volunteers.
(d) The only tank division equipped with radios.

12. What kind of memorial fills the American military cemetery at Carthage to mark the graves of American troops?
(a) Catacombs.
(b) One large marble tomb.
(c) Simple marble markers.
(d) Several granite obelisks.

13. What events occurred to the disappointment of Hitler around 1941?
(a) Spain's refusal to join the Axis and Italy's invasion of Greece.
(b) Stalin's break from his treaty with Germany and the resulting shortage in fuel reserves.
(c) The fall of Yugoslavia and Britain's invasion across the English Channel.
(d) Mussolini's fondness of French culture and Japan's need for war ships.

14. What event on November 27 in Toulon represents "one of the greatest acts of self-immolation in military history," according to the author.
(a) The destruction of all American Stuart tanks at the front to be replaced by General Lee's.
(b) Vichy French high command destroyed their own defensive installations as a sign of faith to the Fascist cause.
(c) Rather than losing another airfield to Allied forces, Germans destroyed 40 of their own planes and fuel reserves.
(d) The scuttling of the Vichy French fleet.

15. According to the author, what significant change occurred in the relationship between the Allies over the course of the campaign?
(a) Italy sided with the Allies.
(b) America formed an immediate bond with Britain.
(c) Vichy France betrayed their agreement with Germany by refusing to fight Americans.
(d) Britain slipped into the role of a junior partner to America.

Short Answer Questions

1. North Africa is where the Allies agreed on a policy of:

2. What did Allen determine to do instead of following Colonel Greer's suggestion?

3. The Allied success in Djedeida in November 1942 lead to what effect?

4. According to the author, about how much of his time did Eisenhower spend worrying about political issues at the expense of the Allied cause?

5. According to the author, what was operation VILLAIN?

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