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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. What was the first town to be captured by the Allies?
(a) Oran.
(b) Casablanca.
(c) Tangiers.
(d) Arzew.

2. What was the biggest deficiency, according to the author, in Allied planning?
(a) Lack of air fields.
(b) Morale.
(c) Artillery.
(d) Transportation.

3. According to the author, what makes Medjez-el-Bab a strategically important location?
(a) It is 30 miles from Tunis and straddles the Medjerda River.
(b) It has several large airfields and whomever controls the air, controls North Africa.
(c) Through it is the sole land route to Tunis.
(d) Located on a high plateau, it is easily defended.

4. What was considered "the single most decisive act of the Second World War," by historian Marin Gilbert?
(a) Rommel's defense of Kasserine Pass.
(b) In solidarity with their ally, Hitler and Mussolini declared war on the United States.
(c) Based on the quality of American tanks, the Germans introduced the Tiger.
(d) The landing of American troops upon the shores of French Morocco.

5. What did Eisenhower suspect of General Giraud?
(a) Cowardess.
(b) Anti-semitism.
(c) Axis sympathies.
(d) A bluff.

Short Answer Questions

1. TORCH is considered by the author to have been:

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

3. America declared war on Germany upon:

4. What excuse did Patton cite for disobeying orders regarding the planned bombardment of Casablanca.

5. A British Tommy is quoted as saying:

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Although Eisenhower professed "a violent hatred of the Axis and all that is stands for," the author doubts this. What does both Eisenhower and the American troops generally lack through much of the North Africa War?

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

4. On November 27th, the First Argyles were ambushed on Highway 7. What basic precautions did forsake that might have saved them from being surprised?

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

6. Describe Brigadier General Ted Roosevelt.

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

8. 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?

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

10. In addition to arranging a bridge head around Tunis, what did Kesselring order his lieutenants to plan?

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