An Army at Dawn: The War in Africa, 1942-1943 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. A British Tommy is quoted as saying:

2. What was it that finally broke the Kasbah's defenses?

3. Who did the American contingent meet in Cherchel?

4. North Africa is where the Allies agreed on a policy of:

5. According to the author, North Africa is where the Axis forever lost:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Brigadier General Ted Roosevelt.

4. Describe the unusual mortar round fired by American troops landing at Arzew.

5. What particular naval skill in Hewitt know for?

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

7. Describe the American military cemetery at Carthage, Tunisia.

8. What is Rear Admiral Hewitt's concept of Velvet?

9. What considerations did Terry Allen cite in bypassing St. Cloud?

10. What is Rear Admiral Hewitt's personal motto?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A major preoccupation of Eisenhower was politics. He was routinely criticized for spending more time concerned about political issues than commanding the front. What were his main areas of concern? And was this criticism accurate? Finally, how did forces conspire to form a solution to this at the Casablanca conference?

Essay Topic 2

In the prologue to the book, the author addresses the issue of Anglophilia between the British and the Americans. In what way was this shared prior to the bombing on Pearl Harbor? And in what way did the two world leaders, Churchill and Roosevelt, maintain it on a personal level? Finally, what was the trickle down effect on the war's generals?

Essay Topic 3

How did the bureaucratic power of the British, as symbolized in the war room aboard the Bulolo, and the production capabilities of the American's complement one another in this phase of World War II?

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