An Army at Dawn: The War in Africa, 1942-1943 Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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An Army at Dawn: The War in Africa, 1942-1943 Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the author, what strategic mistake was repeated at the port of Algiers in operation TERMINAL?
(a) A frontal assault.
(b) The launch of a weak pre-emptive strike.
(c) Assuming heavy French resistance.
(d) A poorly planned air raid.

2. What French character was referred to as "a bad man with a narrow outlook and shifty eye," by Winston Churchill?
(a) Robert Murphy.
(b) General Mast.
(c) Admiral Darlan.
(d) General Giraurd.

3. According to Allen, why does a soldier fight?
(a) To prove that his unit is the best in the Army and that he has as much guts as anybody else in the unit.
(b) Because that's what he's trained to do.
(c) To save suffering humanity.
(d) For his country, his family, and his sense of honor.

4. According to the author, about how much of his time did Eisenhower spend worrying about political issues at the expense of the Allied cause?
(a) 3/4.
(b) 1/4.
(c) 1/2.
(d) 3/5.

5. What two issues particularly occupied the minds of the American strategists planning Torch?
(a) German U-boats and Japanese dive bombers.
(b) If the plan had been leaked to the Germans and Vichy France's certain role in fighting the landings.
(c) That minimal British troops accompany the initial landings and where to make the landings.
(d) The training of troops on two different continents and how to merge the forces while at sea.

6. What was the plan for integrating U.S. units into British lead military organizations?
(a) Select troops were permanently assigned.
(b) New U.S. troops were sent to England for specialist training.
(c) Units would be on a four week rotation.
(d) No plan existed.

7. What event on November 27 in Toulon represents "one of the greatest acts of self-immolation in military history," according to the author.
(a) The destruction of all American Stuart tanks at the front to be replaced by General Lee's.
(b) The scuttling of the Vichy French fleet.
(c) Vichy French high command destroyed their own defensive installations as a sign of faith to the Fascist cause.
(d) Rather than losing another airfield to Allied forces, Germans destroyed 40 of their own planes and fuel reserves.

8. Inspired by the quality of the food during the Torch voyage, the 13th Armored Regiment suggested changing their battle cry to what?
(a) "Salt!"
(b) "Baaa!"
(c) "For rations!"
(d) "Soup!"

9. According to the author, why was Allen's decision important in a historical context?
(a) It was the first singular tactical decision by an Americn general in the liberation of Europe.
(b) It was singularly reckless and signaled his key flaw as a commander.
(c) It was the most bloodiest drive of the campaign and could have been the deciding factor in gaining French support.
(d) It was the most complicated coordination of tanks and ground troops to that date in modern warfare.

10. What excuse did Patton cite for disobeying orders regarding the planned bombardment of Casablanca.
(a) Lack of assumed air superiority.
(b) Pressure from U boats in the channel.
(c) Excessive enemy resistance.
(d) Bulky communications.

11. Who wrote: "Would God I might die with my sword in hand / Ringed by dead foes all around."
(a) Ike.
(b) Commander Terry Allen.
(c) General George Patton.
(d) Brigadier General Ted Roosevelt.

12. Based on a supposed indifference to civil liberties, unfair suggestions in the newspapers painted Eisenhower as what?
(a) Classist.
(b) Fascist.
(c) Criminal.
(d) Communist.

13. While information on the attack was slow to come into headquarters, Eisenhower did not believe which report:
(a) That Patton was re-embarking the landing craft under a truce flag.
(b) That operation VILLAIN appeared to be an Allied success.
(c) That U boats had sank half the fleet.
(d) That Rommel had launched a counter-offensive attacking Morocco.

14. The radio messages "batter up" and "play ball" meant what to the American fleet?
(a) Acknowledged French resistance and authorized retaliatory fire.
(b) Troops are landed and on the offensive.
(c) Air superiority was achieved and the landing could be made.
(d) Casablanca has been taken and forces are now to move East.

15. Rommel was rewarded the Field Marshal's Baton for:
(a) Capturing 30,000 British Commonwealth troops in Tobruk, Libya.
(b) Successfully capturing Stalingrad, Russia.
(c) His success in routing French forces from the Suez Canal.
(d) A successful Blitskrieg against massed French loyalists in Paris.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was operation RESERVIST?

2. According to the author, General Patton had condensed his extensive study of history and military art down to one manifesto. What was it?

3. What promise did General Patton make to the President of the United States in the presence of Rear Admiral Hewitt?

4. The initial American strategy for attacking Hitler was summed up by a British general as:

5. The Tine River Valley, where Luftwaffe pilots were attacking about once per hour, was nicknamed what by the troops of the 1st Battalion?

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