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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. At what time does the German radar finally spot the Allied fleet?

2. How many minesweepers clear the Channel for the Allies?

3. What does Eisenhower want to use behind enemies lines attacking targets in France during D-Day?

4. How many troops has the U.S. assembled and trained by 1943?

5. What are the Vergeltungswaffen?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the striking differences between Rommel and Eisenhower?

3. What are the plans for taking Omaha beach?

4. What is the experience of the troops in the Higgins boats as they are boarded to take part in the invasion?

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

6. What happens with the three bridges the Allies had predetermined to destroy in the opening phase of the invasion?

7. What is operation Fortitude?

8. What is the Allies' "Transportation Plan" versus the "Oil Plan"?

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

10. How does the British airborne fare in comparison to the dismal deployment of the American paratroopers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does using the memories of the men who took part in D-Day affect the integrity of the narrative? What are some possible distortions or misrepresentations in Ambrose's telling of D-Day?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the home fronts and the dramatic changes the war brought to the fabric of the various nations involved.

Essay Topic 3

The reporter Ernie Pyle said, "We did it with every advantage on the enemy's side and every disadvantage on ours." What are the advantages of the German Army? What are the disadvantages for the Allies? How does this make the victory more miraculous and the loss more devastating?

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