D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II 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. The ME-262's are to be known as what?

2. What are B-17s known as?

3. Where does Eisenhower give an impromptu graduation address in the spring of 1944?

4. What is the real name of the sexy-voiced Ohio girl known as "Axis Sally"?

5. Where do the Germans build the Atlantic Wall?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What happens to Capt. John Tillett and his prized carrier pigeons?

5. What is operation Fortitude?

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

7. How does Captain Rich assemble his plane after arriving on Omaha Beach?

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

9. What happens when a signalman mistakenly thinks the Vierville steeple is an observation point?

10. What else is happening with the Eisenhower family on June 6, 1944?

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 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 3

Discuss the enormous task of committing this historical day to the page. What effect is created with the divisions of chapters? Where do the chapter titles originate? What is the overall effect for the reader created by Ambrose?

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