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. What is the 5th Ranger Battalion's objective?

2. What is the approximate number of Allied casualties from D-Day?

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

4. Interrogators threaten to turn the German POWs over to whom?

5. Which beach do the Canadians take?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why do the Germans surrender Utah beach?

5. Who is the "Sergeant York of World War II"?

6. How is the situation with the wounded on D-Day unique in military history?

7. How do the Canadian divisions fare on Juno Beach?

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

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

10. What is the "best ally" the Allies had lost by dawn of D-Day?

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 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?

Essay Topic 3

How does the image of a young soldier beside someone whose dead hand bobs, "Cornelia Otis Skinner's Our Hearts Were Young and Gay" capture the essence of what happened on D-day?

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