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

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the start of Chapter 7, which traveler was listed as 'Register Number 1.'
(a) Winston Churchill.
(b) President Roosevelt.
(c) General Alexander
(d) General Patton.

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

3. Drake's command "Bust the Balloon," meant what:
(a) Spike the guns.
(b) Decamp.
(c) Attack.
(d) Surrender.

4. What major engineering feat was undertaken in Speedy Valley, although it's strategic importance was questionable?
(a) The boring of a pair of immense, double-shafted tunnels to house the headquarters.
(b) A series of mobile bridge spans were prefabricated as rapid replacements for bridges Germans were expected to destroy in their retreat.
(c) The creating of a tank-proof moat surrounding the headquarters.
(d) An extensively camouflaged airway and underground bunker.

5. What was Fredendall's success in securing Faid Pass, Sened Station and Maknassy?
(a) In securing all objectives.
(b) In securing Faid Pass but neither Sened Station or Maknassy.
(c) In securing no objectives.
(d) In securing Maknassy and Sened Station both, but losing Faid Pass

6. Who made the following statement: "It is pardonable to be defeated, but unpardonable to be surprised."
(a) Morre.
(b) Eisenhower.
(c) Drake.
(d) Luttrell.

7. Which state was disproportionately hit with casualties in the War in North Africa?
(a) New York.
(b) Iowa.
(c) California.
(d) Michigan.

8. Who was General Nehring replaced by?
(a) General Hans-Jurgen von Arnim.
(b) Field Marshal Albert Kesselring.
(c) Field Marshal erwin Rommel.
(d) Captain Wilhelm Knoche.

9. By January 24th 1943, heavy French casualties and prisoner-of-war-losses prompted what important change of heart in the French command?
(a) France deferred from the front and filled the need for provisioning the British and American troops.
(b) Giraud gave control of their troops over to Anderson.
(c) Soldiers were provisioned from American sources.
(d) French command was handed over to Churchill.

10. According to the author, how had Eisenhower been "outflanked" by the British in the Casablanca conference?
(a) A special envoy was forced upon him to assist with political matters.
(b) The position of a British general to oversee British and French troops was created, to be filled at a later date.
(c) His command structure was changed to put three British deputies, with independent authority, below him to oversee air, land and sea operations.
(d) He was forced to relocate his operations office back to Gibralter where the British felt they could have better oversight.

11. What mistake did Anderson initially repeat at Fondouk gap?
(a) He did not attack in force.
(b) Overestimated the size of the enemy forces.
(c) He attempted a hill with tanks that was too steep.
(d) He split his forces creating a weak line.

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

13. According to Bradley, what did the American military achieve in the battle of El Guettar in Mid-March 1943?
(a) That this win would result in the Hun soon learning to dislike this outfit.
(b) The seminal victory that shifted dominance in tank divisions from Germany to America.
(c) The first solid, indisputable defeat we inflicted on the Germany army in the war.
(d) The resolve that this was the last defeat we would stomach in the War for Africa.

14. Who replaced Ward's command?
(a) Ernie Harmon.
(b) Omar Bradley.
(c) Ernie Pyle.
(d) Paul Robinett

15. The American route by Arnim was successful to the point of making Rommel's attack Morgenluft negligible. What strategic objective in Tebessa did Rommel have his eye on?
(a) The supply depot.
(b) The AFHQ.
(c) The Allied air fields.
(d) The Pass.

Short Answer Questions

1. Did morale improve in II Corps under Patten?

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

3. What percentage of Panzers taking part of OCHSENKOPF were either destroyed or disabled?

4. Ultra was able to intercept a German message that informed them the 21st Panzer Division had been ordered forward and that Sunday was to a-day for an operation by Arnim's Fifth Panzer Army. What vital piece of information was missing that would have better prepared the Allies?

5. Which high ranking American commander was captured in operation Furlingswind?

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