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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. According to the author, what subtle changes had started to become evident in American troops towards the end of 1942?
(a) Fieldcraft and becoming hard-bitten.
(b) Dispair and persistence.
(c) Complacence and ingratitude.
(d) Political accumen and hard resistence.

2. Who said the following: "...infantry, like whiskey, loses potency when diluted."
(a) Major General Terry Allen.
(b) Ernest Hemmingway.
(c) Winston Churchill.
(d) Ernie Pyle.

3. President Roosevelt mad the following statement in a press conference; "The elimination of German, Japanese, and Italian war power means the unconditional surrender of Germany, Italy, and Japan." What was Churchill's response?
(a) He disagreed, but amicably.
(b) He agreed, but only after a moment of consideration.
(c) He agreed, but claimed to be suprised by the proclamation.
(d) He agreed for the sake of the alliance, but was personally concerned about the repurcussions.

4. What was operation SYMBOL?
(a) A British offensive into Kesserine Valley.
(b) An Allied conference in Casablanca.
(c) The transport of Winston Churchill to Casablanca.
(d) The plan to promote General Clark.

5. What major engineering feat was undertaken in Speedy Valley, although it's strategic importance was questionable?
(a) The boring of a pair of immense, double-shafted tunnels to house the headquarters.
(b) The creating of a tank-proof moat surrounding the headquarters.
(c) A series of mobile bridge spans were prefabricated as rapid replacements for bridges Germans were expected to destroy in their retreat.
(d) An extensively camouflaged airway and underground bunker.

Short Answer Questions

1. What criticism does the author make of Speedy Valley during the course of Furlingswind?

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

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

4. In what state did General Harold Alexander find the Allied command?

5. The American route by Arnim was successful to the point of making Rommel's attack Morgenluft negligible. What strategic objective in Tebessa did Rommel have his eye on?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was 'Texas?'

2. The success of Fruhlingswind had what effect what brother plan?

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. What two peculiarities does the author use to characterize Major General Orlando Ward?

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

9. Characteristic of his history of fighting half measures, what command objective did Fredendall insert in Ward's attack plan on Maknassy pass? And how was it answered by Arnim?

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

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