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. According to the author, what subtle changes had started to become evident in American troops towards the end of 1942?
(a) Complacence and ingratitude.
(b) Fieldcraft and becoming hard-bitten.
(c) Political accumen and hard resistence.
(d) Dispair and persistence.

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

3. 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) Anderson.
(b) Eisenhower.
(c) Churchill.
(d) Pyle.

4. According to troops in Tunisia during the winter of 42-43, how did Stuka time and Spitfire time compare?
(a) Stuka time comprised most daylight hours while Spitfire time consisted of about a half hour.
(b) Spitfire time only interrupted tea.
(c) Stuka time was every hour, Spitfire time once a week.
(d) Stuka was sunrise to noon, Spitfire was noon to dusk.

5. Did morale improve in II Corps under Patten?
(a) Yes, but perhaps in spite of him.
(b) No, new regulations stifled morale.
(c) Yes, in part for his reputation.
(d) No, his overbearing nature increased pessimism.

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

7. Of Montgomery's two attacks on Zarat and The Hoarseshoe, what were to results?
(a) Both attacks were successful and caused a German retreat.
(b) Both were routed by the Axis.
(c) Only Zarat was a success.
(d) Only the Hoarshshow was a success.

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

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

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

11. What command did Patton order of Ward in the taking of the Maknassy Heights?
(a) To retreat to Macknassy and await his replacement.
(b) To lead the attack personally and not return until he had taken it.
(c) To fight to the last man, including himself.
(d) To hit it with everything he had and not to return alive if it isn't taken.

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

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

14. 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.

15. 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) Forty to Fifty.
(c) Fifty to Sixty.
(d) Twenty to Thirty.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the start of Chapter 7, which traveler was listed as 'Register Number 1.'

2. What was Fredendall's success in securing Faid Pass, Sened Station and Maknassy?

3. 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?

4. Which two passes did the Germans utilize in operation Fruhlingswind?

5. Terry Allen tipped the Allied hand regarding Ultra by doing what?

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