Flags of Our Fathers Short Essay - Answer Key

James Bradley (author)
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Where did James Bradley, the author, travel and why according to "Chapter One: Sacred Ground"?

According to "Chapter One: Sacred Ground," James Bradley traveled to Iwo Jima with his elderly mother and three brothers to visit the memorial of the American flag raising.

2. What did Bradley always wonder?

Bradley always wondered why his father would not talk about the flag raising.

3. What did Bradley and his brothers find after their father died?

After their father died, Bradley and his brothers found letters John Bradley had sent to his parents describing the flag raising as the happiest moment of the war. After the war, John did not talk about his time in the army, even when asked about it..

4. How long had the battle of Iwo Jima raged, and how was the battle described?

The battle for Iwo Jima raged for 36 days and was one of the bloodiest, killing or injuring 2/3 of the American soldiers. Of the six that hoisted the American flag, three were ultimately buried on Iwo Jima.

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