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 name for the naval demolition teams?

2. What is Sgt. Harrison Summers awarded for his bravery in taking the German barracks?

3. At what hour do most of the tanks roll ashore?

4. How many weeks after D-Day do the Allies capture Caen?

5. What are "Hobart's Funnies"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the Germans surrender Utah beach?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The book is largely told through the voices of the men who survived the fight. Choose two or three stories in particular to discuss the impact they had on the reader and the overall story of D-Day.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the backgrounds, careers, and leadership styles of Rommel and Eisenhower. How are their places in history both unique to the men and universal to the responsibility thrust upon them?

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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