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. When was Douglas MacArthur born?

2. Who wanted MacArthur to resign from the army?

3. What did MacArthur feel about the likelihood of a Japanese attack in the Philippines, immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor?

4. Who did Arthur MacArthur, Jr. marry?

5. On what day in 1941 did the MacArthurs leave for Corregidor since Manila, the city in which they lived, was being bombed?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What were the experiences of Arthur MacArthur, Jr. during the Civil War?

3. What led to MacArthur's resignation from the active duty in 1937?

4. What was the war in France like when MacArthur arrived in Europe during World War I?

5. What was MacArthur's role in the Philippines once it was made a commonwealth in 1946?

6. Discuss MacArthur's years as Chief of Staff.

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

8. What job did General Pershing give MacArthur once World War I ended?

9. What were MacArthur's religious beliefs?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Douglas MacArthur's childhood and education with that of his son, Arthur IV. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss MacArthur's experience as superintendent of West Point and the changes he made in that office. How did his experience as a West Point cadet influence his plans for revamping the military academy's programs? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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