An Army at Dawn: The War in Africa, 1942-1943 Test | Final 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. General Sir Alan Brooke, chief of the Imperial General Staff, had strong opinions about Eisenhower. Which statement best represents his opinion?

2. Which two passes did the Germans utilize in operation Fruhlingswind?

3. In the start of Chapter 7, which traveler was listed as 'Register Number 1.'

4. Which Kiwi General was known as "the salamander of the British empire," and called "Tiny" by his troops?

5. In the April fight for El Guettar, Patton lost which personal friend?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. Why did Terry Allen order Bill Darby's rangers on a secret mission to attack the defile held by enemy artillery recently routed from Gafsa?

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

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

7. What was the goal of operation SATIN?

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

9. What was 'Texas?'

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What Allied mistakes were made in their attempt to take Longstop hill in December 1942 and were any of these mistakes repeated? In what way did these errors affect the relationship between the 'cousins?' Finally, what consequence for the war as a whole did this battle have?

Essay Topic 2

In what ways did Axis command tamper with Rommels planned attack on Tebessa? Had the plan been executed according to Rommel's original scheme what would have been the possible consequences?

Essay Topic 3

What features made the fighting at El Guettar the "most severe battle of the three years of warfare." How do you think the poor intelligence on the area contributed to the Allies becoming 'stuck everywhere'? What effect did this have on the troops?

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