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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 is the name of the command group in charge of planning D-Day?

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

3. Who has the greatest doubts about the probability of D-Day success until witnessing the dress rehearsal?

4. Which American general is used as a decoy to fool the Germans about the location of D-Day?

5. What are the best of the young German recruits called?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Hitler believe an Anglo-American offensive poses a greater threat to Germany than the Russians?

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

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

4. What are the exact numbers of Allied bombers and fighters that take part in D-Day?

5. How do the British gather intelligence about the French coast?

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

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

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

9. What is the first movement of 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

Discuss the unifying themes of the book.

Essay Topic 2

Is Ambrose a fair narrator, giving his momentous subject the historical perspective and personal touch it calls for?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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