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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 many troops drop into Normandy on D-Day?
2. What does "Nous Restons Ici" mean?
3. How many men are under General Bradley's command?
4. What does the 12th Infantry, 8th Regiment worry about more than snipers as they try to meet up with the 82nd Airborne?
5. Who is commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War I?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do Americans criticize the British for after the events of D-Day are analyzed?
2. What is the "best ally" the Allies had lost by dawn of D-Day?
3. What is the story of Jacqueline Thornton on Sword Beach?
4. What happens to Capt. John Tillett and his prized carrier pigeons?
5. How does Eisenhower describe his feelings to Walter Cronkite 20 years after the invasion?
6. Who is the "Sergeant York of World War II"?
7. What happens when a signalman mistakenly thinks the Vierville steeple is an observation point?
8. What are the Allies' mistakes during D-Day?
9. How is the movie The Longest Day inaccurate?
10. How do the Canadian divisions fare on Juno Beach?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
Is Ambrose a fair narrator, giving his momentous subject the historical perspective and personal touch it calls for?
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