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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. What do the bomber pilots think is Hitler's "secret weapon"?

2. Who says it is "the fury of an aroused democracy" that is the key to victory?

3. What are the Vergeltungswaffen?

4. What is Maj. John Howard's D Company known as?

5. Who is praised by Eisenhower as "the man who won the war for us"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the similarities in the backgrounds of Eisenhower and Rommel?

2. How do the commanders and leaders feel about the D-Day plans by the time of the May 15 dress rehearsal?

3. How does the French Resistance help the Allies as they prepare for D-Day?

4. How do the British and American armies differ?

5. Why is the Calvados coast of Normandy chosen as the landing site for the D-Day invasion?

6. Why does Hitler order German physicists to abandon work on developing the atomic bomb?

7. What role do the hedgerows along the French coast play in the battle of D-Day?

8. What goes wrong with many of the paratroopers' jumps during the invasion?

9. What is Rommel doing in the days before the invasion?

10. What is the role of the normally heralded fighter pilots?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ernie Pyle wrote in 1944: "In this column I want to tell you what the opening of the second front entailed, so that you can know and appreciate and forever be humbly grateful to those both dead and alive who did it for you." Why is it important for the story of D-Day to be told to future generations? What aspect of the American character does this day embody?

Essay Topic 2

How does D-Day change the parameters of modern warfare? What lessons of D-Day can be applied to the wars of today?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the errors made by the Allies on D-Day. What would have made the greatest difference to the outcome, particularly to the loss of life, if it had been done differently?

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