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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 navy refers to "crafts" as being under _________ feet and "ships" as being anything over that.

2. Utah Beach is the code name for what part of the French coast?

3. Who is the American commander in the Pacific in 1943?

4. What is the code name for the Allies' elaborate plan to fool the Germans about D-Day?

5. Where do the Americans beat the Germans in battle prior to D-Day?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How do the British and American armies differ?

6. What is operation Fortitude?

7. How does Hitler misjudge the need for fighter jets over bombers?

8. What are the "sausages" the Allies refer to?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Discuss the divisions among lines of nationality, ethnicity, and faith among the Allied troops.

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