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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. The lesson Hitler took from World War I is that Germany could not win a war of __________.

2. What group is the first to attend the Assault Training Center?

3. What is always the weakest spot on any Allied line during the war?

4. What is Rommel given command of in 1940?

5. Who is on the top of Churchill's list of "Worries of a Commander"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the weather effect the start of the invasion?

3. How are Black American soldiers treated during World War II?

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

5. What is the reason the Allies needed a soil sample from Calvados before a final decision could be made?

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

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

8. What does Eisenhower say in the orders given out as troops head to the invasion site?

9. What plans do the Allies make to breach the Atlantic Wall?

10. What effect does World War II have on the American economy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the days before the battle on the German side versus all that was going on with the Allies. What are the German leaders doing in those early days of June 1944 versus the flurry of activities on the Allies' part?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the backgrounds, careers, and leadership styles of Rommel and Eisenhower. How are their places in history both unique to the men and universal to the responsibility thrust upon them?

Essay Topic 3

It is said that the war was won with British brains and American brawn. What are the differences between the armed forces of the two countries and how do their strengths and weaknesses contribute to victory?

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