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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the author, what was operation VILLAIN?
(a) The delivery of an armored division by C-47 airplanes to the front lines.
(b) The first American airborne operation of the war, and among the most daring before or since.
(c) The landing of a combined force of British and American special forces troops near Casablanca.
(d) A massive bombing run against Axis airfields in North Africa immediately following TORCH.

2. The signal "Advance Napoleon," was issues by Eisenhower which indicated what to the troops readying operation VILLAIN?
(a) To carry out Plan D and expect a hostile reception by the French.
(b) To carry out Plan B and expect a hostile reception by the French.
(c) To carry out Plan C and expect to be dropped behind enemy lines.
(d) To carry out Plan B and expect a docile reception by the French.

3. What political arrangement with the French particularly caused a public outcry in both the U.S. and Britain?
(a) Supply of French.
(b) Amnesty for Petain.
(c) The Darlan deal.
(d) Giraud's promotion to Commander-in-Chief.

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

5. Major Rudolph Barlow's surprise attack on an an Axis airfield discovered outside the city of Djedejida resulted in what?
(a) Capture through an Axis ambush.
(b) The destruction of the final remnants of the Italian Airforce.
(c) The destruction of over twenty German planes.
(d) The loss of Company C in a German counter attack.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. Who wrote: "Would God I might die with my sword in hand / Ringed by dead foes all around."

3. The average number of deaths per day during the war averaged:

4. What promise did General Patton make to the President of the United States in the presence of Rear Admiral Hewitt?

5. What two particular subjects did Mark Clark know of that would have made him a valuable capture for the Axis Cause?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the first tank battle of World War II between Germans and Americans, the commander, John Waters, used Captain Siglin's twelve tank force in what manner?

2. What domestic issues does the author suggest weighed on the President's mind in making the decision to move forward?

3. Describe 'the Boy Captain' Robert R. Moore.

4. What was the motto of the Big Red One?

5. Allied ground troops were skeptical of the Allied air force's ability to discriminate between them and the Germans. What incident does the author use to illustrate this mistrust?

6. What was the reasoning behind the American request that almost no British troops take part in the initial TORCH landings?

7. An aspect of TORCH that affected each layer of command was a lack of information about how the coordinated effort was going. According to the author, how was Patton's approach to this ambiguity different?

8. Who supposedly made the following statement? "Whoever has Medjez-el-Bab has the key to the door, and is the master of all Tunisia."

9. Admiral Darlan did capitulate and surrender Algiers, but what order was he reluctant to make?

10. Describe the American military cemetery at Carthage, Tunisia.

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