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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 Fruhlingswind?
(a) A plan to air drop 400 German and Italian troops behind enemy lines to take Speedy Valley.
(b) An attack by over 200 German tanks on Sidi bou Zid.
(c) An attack by a concentration of Stutka's on Faid Pass.
(d) A counter attack by German artillery on Sidi bou Zid.

2. What did Arnim do to undermine Rommel's attack on Le Kef and his designees on Tebessa?
(a) Withheld the 7th Artillery division.
(b) Required him attack on a more circuitous route.
(c) Withheld half of the 10th Panzer division's tanks.
(d) Withheld any air cover.

3. Which state was disproportionately hit with casualties in the War in North Africa?
(a) Michigan.
(b) Iowa.
(c) New York.
(d) California.

4. According to the author, what mistake did Ward make after taking Sened station and Maknassy.
(a) Spread his forces across the valley instead of consolidating his forces in Maknassy.
(b) He held in Maknassy instead of moving on the Highway 14 gap.
(c) Launched an attack on the Highway 14 gap to the urging of a French liaison officer.
(d) He defied orders by continuing to move down the highway into a German ambush.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the consequence of the 'unconditional surrender' statement, according to the author?

2. Who made the following statement: "It is pardonable to be defeated, but unpardonable to be surprised."

3. Fredendall's orders to Ward titled "Defense of Faid Position" were based on a poor knowledge of the area and threatened what prospect for the Allied forces?

4. What impasse was surmounted in the deliberations in Casablanca that helped lead to an agreed upon plan to win the war?

5. What percentage of Panzers taking part of OCHSENKOPF were either destroyed or disabled?

Short Essay Questions

1. What decision did General Omar Bradley help Eisenhower to make by giving him a frank opinion on 'the command here?'

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

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

4. Rather than focusing on Faid Pass, to what area did Fredendall unsoundly direct the Allied efforts?

5. What was the first administrative struggle Patton faced when taking over II Corps?

6. How was Longstop positioned so that it represented a strategic point?

7. What new artillery techniques did the American gunners utilize in routing the 10th Panzers from El Guettar?

8. As the Allied forces fell into a "stuck-everywhere" period Patton started a row with Allied air for neglecting troops air cover. Due to this complaint, Patton was visited by the two most senior Allied airmen in North Africa. What punctuated this meeting?

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

10. 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?

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