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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. Combat exhaustion claimed what portion of casualties?
(a) One in twenty.
(b) One in seven.
(c) One in fourteen.
(d) One in ten.

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) Used green troops and insufficient artillery.
(c) Underestimated the size of the enemy and misread the terrain.
(d) Expected tanks to take steep terrain and attacked with insufficient force.

3. Which two passes did the Germans utilize in operation Fruhlingswind?
(a) Maizila Pass and El Fekka Pass.
(b) Hatab Pass and Maizila Pass.
(c) Faid Pass and Maizila Pass.
(d) Faid Pass and Bir el Hafey Pass.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What strategic mistake did Fredendall make in regards to Faid Pass?

2. What mistake did Anderson initially repeat at Fondouk gap?

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 Eisenhower, Fredendall was offered a 'soft landing' for what reason?

5. What did Ward, Robinette and Dickson try to convince Fredendall, Eisenhower and Anderson of?

Short Essay Questions

1. General Sir Alan Brooke, is characterized as one of the great generals of the war. But what tragedy in 1925 changed his charmed life and what permanent effects did it have?

2. Old Mac's counterattack at Faid Pass was probably too small a force, but what other mistake did Old Mac make in putting forth the attack?

3. What was the goal of operation SATIN?

4. In Chapter Six, the assassination of Admiral Darlan is explained. Describe the Assassin's political cause.

5. What character trait made Robinett a difficult officer to command?

6. Describe the ancient city Eisenhower visited while the attack in Sidi Bou Zid was taking place?

7. Why was Fredendall's defense plan for Faid Pass considered a World War I defense?

8. How did the Axis 'draft' Tunisian Jews for work details around Bizerte and Tunis?

9. General Harold Alexander is introduced in Chapter 9, what was his position and what was his mission?

10. In the battle at Mareth, Montgomery made a mid-battle change of plans that his admirers consider one of the boldest decisions of his career. What was the decision?

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