An Army at Dawn: The War in Africa, 1942-1943 Test | Final Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What battle was referred to as "the first perfect battle" for the Allies?
(a) Tebaga Gap.
(b) Matmata.
(c) Kesserine.
(d) Medenine.

2. What did the German's rename Longstop?
(a) Christmas Hill.
(b) New Year Valley.
(c) Little Big Horn.
(d) Rommel's Pen.

3. What order threatened the success of Rommel's push on Tebessa?
(a) To attack East but only as far as Le Kef.
(b) Repositioning the force futher to the north.
(c) The order to cancel air support.
(d) Only half the tanks requested were allotted to the task.

4. Who made the following criticism: "The best way to describe our operations to date, is that they have violated every recognized principle of war, are in conflict with all operational and logistic methods laid down in textbooks, and will be condemned, in their entirety, by all Leavenworth and war college classes for the next twenty-five years."
(a) Pyle.
(b) Churchill.
(c) Anderson.
(d) Eisenhower.

5. Which two passes did the Germans utilize in operation Fruhlingswind?
(a) Faid Pass and Bir el Hafey Pass.
(b) Maizila Pass and El Fekka Pass.
(c) Faid Pass and Maizila Pass.
(d) Hatab Pass and Maizila Pass.

6. What impasse was surmounted in the deliberations in Casablanca that helped lead to an agreed upon plan to win the war?
(a) The desire of the American contingent to comprimise Russia.
(b) The desire of the British contingent to immediately make a cross-channel invasion.
(c) The desire of the American contingent to defeat Japan first.
(d) The desire of the British to defeat Rommel as a first priority.

7. Who did Montgomery have a picture of above his desk?
(a) Queen Victoria.
(b) Rommel.
(c) George Washington.
(d) Churchill.

8. The death of Admiral Darlan is considered to have had what effect on the Allies?
(a) Frustration.
(b) Regret.
(c) Relief.
(d) Confusion.

9. What strategic assessment did Arnim and Rommel agree on?
(a) That a 200 mile long bridgehead could be held without the assistance of Italian troops.
(b) That indecisive Allied commanders would not take the offensive in 1943.
(c) That the high command should focus on air power first and tank power second.
(d) That high command must either provide sufficient supplies to the African armies or they would need to abandon Tunisia althogether.

10. What strategic mistake did Fredendall make in regards to Faid Pass?
(a) Issued orders of extreme complexity that confused the front.
(b) Ignored Anderson's order to 'make things right' there, even though it was a pass of little consequence.
(c) Used half measures to counter attack there in order to focus on less strategically important battles.
(d) Delayed for two days which allowed German troops to dig in.

11. Who said the following: "...infantry, like whiskey, loses potency when diluted."
(a) Winston Churchill.
(b) Ernie Pyle.
(c) Ernest Hemmingway.
(d) Major General Terry Allen.

12. Which high ranking American commander was captured in operation Furlingswind?
(a) Kenneth Anderson.
(b) John Waters.
(c) Terry Allen.
(d) Ted Roosevelt.

13. How long was the battle of Gafsa?
(a) 12 hours and thirty minutes.
(b) Exactly 24 hours.
(c) Three days.
(d) Only a few hours.

14. The War department realized that, for combat effectiveness, divisions should not be left in the line longer than how many days?
(a) Thrity to Forty.
(b) Twenty to Thirty.
(c) Forty to Fifty.
(d) Fifty to Sixty.

15. Why did Ward disagree with the decision to take Sened station?
(a) It gave away their intentions of striking at Maknassy.
(b) It split his force in four ways.
(c) It was widely considered a suicide mission.
(d) It could be taken by a smaller, closer, force.

Short Answer Questions

1. Of Montgomery's two attacks on Zarat and The Hoarseshoe, what were to results?

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

3. What is Longstop?

4. What example does the author give of McQuillin's suggested use of outdated military technology?

5. President Roosevelt mad the following statement in a press conference; "The elimination of German, Japanese, and Italian war power means the unconditional surrender of Germany, Italy, and Japan." What was Churchill's response?

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