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

Rick Atkinson
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An Army at Dawn: The War in Africa, 1942-1943 Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Fredendall's orders to Ward titled "Defense of Faid Position" were based on a poor knowledge of the area and threatened what prospect for the Allied forces?
(a) Allied forces would be stuck in a battle of attrition that could not be won given their size.
(b) Concentrate the forces in the lowest point of the valley where Axis fire could be concentrated.
(c) To be marooned on two hills that were too far away from one another to offer any mutual support.
(d) Forces would be spread in a long line that would offer multiple weak spots that would be difficult to fill.

2. General Sir Alan Brooke, chief of the Imperial General Staff, had strong opinions about Eisenhower. Which statement best represents his opinion?
(a) "Eisenhower is the only person capable of bringing this mess together."
(b) "He is singularly responsible for this mess and should be demoted to Lieutenant."
(c) "A great politician; a mediocre commander. He will need more than faith to win this war."
(d) "Eisenhower as a general is hopeless! He submerges himself in politics and neglects his military duties."

3. Which high ranking American commander was captured in operation Furlingswind?
(a) Terry Allen.
(b) John Waters.
(c) Ted Roosevelt.
(d) Kenneth Anderson.

4. Who made the following criticism: "The best way to describe our operations to date, is that they have violated every recognized principle of war, are in conflict with all operational and logistic methods laid down in textbooks, and will be condemned, in their entirety, by all Leavenworth and war college classes for the next twenty-five years."
(a) Eisenhower.
(b) Churchill.
(c) Pyle.
(d) Anderson.

5. President Roosevelt mad the following statement in a press conference; "The elimination of German, Japanese, and Italian war power means the unconditional surrender of Germany, Italy, and Japan." What was Churchill's response?
(a) He agreed, but claimed to be suprised by the proclamation.
(b) He disagreed, but amicably.
(c) He agreed for the sake of the alliance, but was personally concerned about the repurcussions.
(d) He agreed, but only after a moment of consideration.

6. What opportunity had been lost through what was referred to as a poorly executed bad plan to take Fondouk gap?
(a) Capturing Arnim.
(b) Destroying Rommel's forces in a pinching move.
(c) Preventing Messe's troops from reaching Tunis.
(d) Capturing several air fields which would have resulted in Allied air superiority.

7. Of the 904 men Moore had led on a daring night escape, eventually, how many made it to safety?
(a) Approximately 430.
(b) Approximately 200.
(c) Approximately 750.
(d) Approximately 150.

8. What battle was referred to as "the first perfect battle" for the Allies?
(a) Tebaga Gap.
(b) Kesserine.
(c) Matmata.
(d) Medenine.

9. What command did Patton order of Ward in the taking of the Maknassy Heights?
(a) To fight to the last man, including himself.
(b) To hit it with everything he had and not to return alive if it isn't taken.
(c) To lead the attack personally and not return until he had taken it.
(d) To retreat to Macknassy and await his replacement.

10. Terry Allen tipped the Allied hand regarding Ultra by doing what?
(a) Under a temporary truce, delivered copies of the intercepts to Rommel in hopes Rommel would surrender.
(b) In retreating, left the code book which was captured.
(c) Broadcasted a message to the Germans over a 10th Panzer radio frequency.
(d) Flaunted the fact in front of a German capture who later escaped.

11. What was stated as the reason for the decision to defer the advance on Tunis?
(a) A German re-supply.
(b) American supply issues.
(c) Bad weather.
(d) French political issues.

12. What order threatened the success of Rommel's push on Tebessa?
(a) The order to cancel air support.
(b) Repositioning the force futher to the north.
(c) Only half the tanks requested were allotted to the task.
(d) To attack East but only as far as Le Kef.

13. How long was the battle of Gafsa?
(a) 12 hours and thirty minutes.
(b) Three days.
(c) Exactly 24 hours.
(d) Only a few hours.

14. In the April fight for El Guettar, Patton lost which personal friend?
(a) Major General Bradley.
(b) General Terry Allen, his favored commander.
(c) Captain Richard Jenson, his favorite aide.
(d) Lt. Colonel John Waters.

15. Drake's command "Bust the Balloon," meant what:
(a) Surrender.
(b) Spike the guns.
(c) Decamp.
(d) Attack.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Longstop?

2. Who was General Nehring replaced by?

3. According to the author, how had Eisenhower been "outflanked" by the British in the Casablanca conference?

4. According to the author, what mistake did Ward make after taking Sened station and Maknassy.

5. Who wrote the following after the drubbing in Sbeitla: "There is nothing wrong with the common American soldier. His fighting spirit is good. His morale is okay. The deeper he gets into a fight, the more of a fighting man he becomes."

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