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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. By January 24th 1943, heavy French casualties and prisoner-of-war-losses prompted what important change of heart in the French command?
(a) France deferred from the front and filled the need for provisioning the British and American troops.
(b) Giraud gave control of their troops over to Anderson.
(c) Soldiers were provisioned from American sources.
(d) French command was handed over to Churchill.

2. Which Kiwi General was known as "the salamander of the British empire," and called "Tiny" by his troops?
(a) General Bernard Montgomery.
(b) General Joseph Stillwell.
(c) General Harold Alexander.
(d) Lieutenant General Bernard Freyberg.

3. What two defects in planning for Longstop does the author point out?
(a) Expected tanks to take steep terrain and attacked with insufficient force.
(b) Placed artillery too distant for accuracy and turned down air support.
(c) Underestimated the size of the enemy and misread the terrain.
(d) Used green troops and insufficient artillery.

4. Patton's II Corps had reached 88,473 men, the author notes that this is exactly the same size as what other American force?
(a) General Lee's force in the Mexican-American War.
(b) Sherman's army in Carolina at the end of the Civil War.
(c) The combined forces of the troops who fought at Gettysburg.
(d) General George Washington's force at Valley Forge.

5. The War department realized that, for combat effectiveness, divisions should not be left in the line longer than how many days?
(a) Thrity to Forty.
(b) Twenty to Thirty.
(c) Forty to Fifty.
(d) Fifty to Sixty.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. Of the Fifty-two Sherman tanks caught in the German attack Fruhlingswind how many survived?

3. Who replaced Ward's command?

4. According to the author, what mistake did Ward make after taking Sened station and Maknassy.

5. According to Bradley, what did the American military achieve in the battle of El Guettar in Mid-March 1943?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What controversial proclamation was made by Roosevelt that Churchill later, and probably falsely, claimed had caught him short?

3. What effect did the War in North Africa have on the American city of Red Oak?

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

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

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

7. 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?

8. What prescient claim of General 'Santa Clause' Everlegh's would turn out to be true, but not in the way he had hoped?

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

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

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