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

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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In what state did General Harold Alexander find the Allied command?
(a) Organized and poised for the offensive.
(b) Disorganized without a policy or a plan.
(c) In full retreat.
(d) Despondent and lacking resolve.

3. What was stated as the reason for the decision to defer the advance on Tunis?
(a) Bad weather.
(b) American supply issues.
(c) A German re-supply.
(d) French political issues.

4. What was Djebel el Rhar?
(a) A fortified tower manned by Italian troops.
(b) A deep defile with no possibility of crossing it.
(c) A slightly lower crest to Djebel el Ahmera.
(d) A desert river bed and useful hiding spot.

5. What aspect of command played an important part in the Axis' stalling operation OCHSENKOPF?
(a) Kesselring's optimism.
(b) Hitler's distractions in Russia.
(c) Arnim's pessimism.
(d) Rommel's risk taking.

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

7. Of the Fifty-two Sherman tanks caught in the German attack Fruhlingswind how many survived?
(a) 12.
(b) 24.
(c) 6.
(d) 0.

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

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

10. General Sir Alan Brooke, chief of the Imperial General Staff, had strong opinions about Eisenhower. Which statement best represents his opinion?
(a) "Eisenhower is the only person capable of bringing this mess together."
(b) "He is singularly responsible for this mess and should be demoted to Lieutenant."
(c) "Eisenhower as a general is hopeless! He submerges himself in politics and neglects his military duties."
(d) "A great politician; a mediocre commander. He will need more than faith to win this war."

11. What is Longstop?
(a) The code name of the Allied attempt to take the Medjerda valley.
(b) A flanking technique utilzed by Allied tanks to break a blitzkreig.
(c) A key highway moving through a desert pass.
(d) A hill in the Medjerda valley offering a strategic vantage point, named after a cricket term.

12. 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) Only Zarat was a success.
(c) Only the Hoarshshow was a success.
(d) Both were routed by the Axis.

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

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

15. 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 to defeat Rommel as a first priority.
(c) The desire of the British contingent to immediately make a cross-channel invasion.
(d) The desire of the American contingent to defeat Japan first.

Short Answer Questions

1. What plan did the British press on their American counterparts during the conference?

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

3. By January 24th 1943, heavy French casualties and prisoner-of-war-losses prompted what important change of heart in the French command?

4. According to troops in Tunisia during the winter of 42-43, how did Stuka time and Spitfire time compare?

5. The code name OCHSENKOPF stands for what?

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