The Good War: An Oral History of World War Two 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 did the Japanese code of war, Bushido, mean?

2. What does John Ciardi believe could make anyone savage?

3. How many support personnel were behind each rifleman?

4. What did the German soldiers want from the captured Americans that the Americans destroyed?

5. Why did the soldiers in the Philippines write home, "Cancel the bonds."

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Akira Miuri feel about Americans during the war?

2. What was the difference between the fate of Russian prisoners of war and American and British POWs?

3. How were the American prisoners of war treated by the German guards?

4. How does Peggy Terry feel about war now?

5. How does Urusula Bender say the war was different for children?

6. Why were civilians unkind to wounded war veterans, according to Betty Hutchinson?

7. What was the Japanese code of bushido, and what difference did it make to American fighting men?

8. Why were the troops not allowed to keep diaries of their experiences and what effect did that prohibition have?

9. How did Betty Hutchinson's feelings about war change over time?

10. How did the war affect college-aged men?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author ends the accounts with conversations with children about the long-term effects of the bomb on the children's views about the world and the future. In your paper, discuss the difference the existence of the bomb has made in young people's attitudes about life.

Essay Topic 2

The war looked very different to children than it did to adults. Discuss the differences, citing examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

The status of women during World War II changed dramatically in a variety of ways, according to the respondents in the text. In your essay, discuss the changes that took place, their causes and after-war effects.

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