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. Who is the first American to stand atop the bluffs?

2. What does UDT stand for?

3. At what hour does Rommel hear of the invasion?

4. How long does it take Ranger Company to get most of the men to the top of the cliffs at Omaha?

5. How do most Americans get their news about the war?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the story of Jacqueline Thornton on Sword Beach?

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

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

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

5. How is Omaha Beach constituted to give advantage to the Germans?

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

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

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

9. Why do the Germans surrender Utah beach?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

It is said that the war was won with British brains and American brawn. What are the differences between the armed forces of the two countries and how do their strengths and weaknesses contribute to victory?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the unifying themes of the book.

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