American Caesar, Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964 Test | Mid-Book 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 was MacArthur's class standing upon graduation from West Point?

2. What kind of father was Douglas MacArthur?

3. Why did MacArthur have to testify at a Congressional investigation about his experience at West Point?

4. What piece of equipment did MacArthur refuse to carry during World War I, resulting in his injury?

5. From where was Arthur MacArthur, Jr.'s bride?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to bring MacArthur back into active duty?

2. Where did the MacArthur family go once they left the Philippines, and what happened during their journey there?

3. What military action did the Japanese take in the Philippines after the attack on Pearl Harbor?

4. How did MacArthur begin to distinguish himself in the Army?

5. Who was MacArthur's first wife and why did the marriage end?

6. What were MacArthur's religious beliefs?

7. Discuss MacArthur's military career.

8. What did MacArthur fail to do immediately after Pearl Harbor?

9. What was MacArthur's early military career like?

10. What was Christmas like for the MacArthur family in 1941?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the fathering styles of Douglas MacArthur, his father, and grandfather, as well as their relationships with their sons. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss MacArthur's political influence over the years and his political ambitions. Why did he think he was a better choice than Eisenhower, and why did Eisenhower win the Republican nomination over MacArthur? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss why you think William Manchester chose the title American Caesar for his biography of General Douglas MacArthur, and what parallels you see between MacArthur and Caesar.

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