D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II Test | Final 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. How do most Americans get their news about the war?

2. What is the code name for the two Allied submarines that cross the Channel two days early?

3. "Potato masher" is the troops' name for what?

4. What does LCA stand for?

5. The objective of Ranger Company is taking ___________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Eisenhower describe his feelings to Walter Cronkite 20 years after the invasion?

2. What are the Allies' mistakes during D-Day?

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

4. How do the warships contribute to D-Day?

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

6. How does World War II dramatically change the lives of women on the home front?

7. Who are the POWs that the 2nd Battalion, 16th Regiment see being lead toward them at first light?

8. Why do the Germans surrender Utah beach?

9. Why do the Rangers of the 116th A Company quickly lose their cockiness as they approach Omaha Beach?

10. How is the movie The Longest Day inaccurate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how Operation Fortitude was an integral part of the success of D-Day.

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

How is the German chain of command completely dysfunctional, leading directly to utter defeat?

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