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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. While Patton was made a national hero in taking Casablanca, which defects were also revealed, according to the author?
(a) An incapacity to empathize with frightened soldiers.
(b) All answers are correct.
(c) A wonton disregard of logistics.
(d) A childish propensity to feud with other services.

2. September 1, 1939 marked the first day of a war that would last approximately:
(a) 4,000 days.
(b) 2,000 days.
(c) 3,000 days.
(d) 1,000 days.

3. In the naval battle of Casablanca, Hewitt faced El Hank. What was El Hank?
(a) The single German U boat deending the harbor on loan to the French.
(b) A coastal battery.
(c) An uniquely large and rapidly firing gun turret mounted on the Jean Bart, a french battleship.
(d) A captured then renamed American battleship.

4. According to the author, the end of the cavalry era came not with a bang, but with:
(a) A dinner bell.
(b) A successful routing of an Italian regiment.
(c) The grinding of tank gears.
(d) A quiet retreat from a botched midnight excursion across Axis lines.

5. What knocked Major Robert Moore to the ground at the battle for Lambiridi?
(a) A mortar shell that exploded six feet in front of his position.
(b) A gunshot that creased his helmet.
(c) A ground mine.
(d) A stone thrown by French soldiers who had expended their ammunition.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the plan for integrating U.S. units into British lead military organizations?

2. Where did the U.S. deception plans for TORCH suggest possible landing sites for the fleet?

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

4. Upon being made Mussolini's deputy, what plan did Kesselring devise?

5. Inspired by the quality of the food during the Torch voyage, the 13th Armored Regiment suggested changing their battle cry to what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the coincidental presence of Admiral Darlan negatively effect the mission of Robert Murphy?

2. What considerations did Terry Allen cite in bypassing St. Cloud?

3. What personal knowledge made Mark Clark a dangerous leader for a covert mission behind enemy lines?

4. What is Rear Admiral Hewitt's personal motto?

5. 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?

6. Describe the unusual mortar round fired by American troops landing at Arzew.

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

8. What was the building the Allies referred to as the Kasbah?

9. What locations did the Allies use as a rouse for the destination of Hewitt's fleet and Task force 34, and what deception plans did they use to that end?

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

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