Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War 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. At the beginning of World War II, aerial combat was regarded as exemplifying what obsolescent ideal?

2. How common was the use of alcohol as an anodyne?

3. According to the stereotype about Chinese troops, they could survive indefinitely if provided with what?

4. According to one rumor, female axis agents were sent to the allies with what?

5. According to the author, most of the well-known novels about WWII are really about what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What types of hazing were most common?

2. What problems did the doctrine of precision bombing face?

3. According to the author, how common are military blunders and what are their causes?

4. How was military jargon and vocabulary used to demean enlisted men?

5. What sort of information is regularly denied to the common soldier?

6. Why is purpose difficult to see or non-existent in war?

7. Why have nearly all nations historically favored younger soldiers?

8. What does the term "chickenshit" mean?

9. According to the author, why does the human mind crave narrative order?

10. What drinks were preferred by men from different nations in the war?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Most soldiers quickly developed a feeling that there was no meaning for the war. Although they were frequently told what they were fighting for, they had no idea why they were fighting,

1) Explain why many soldiers felt that there was an ideological void in the meaning and purpose of the war.

2) Discuss some attempts that the media made to fill this void and discuss why these attempts did not resonate with the soldiers. What were troops told they were fighting for?

3) Explain the consequences of this ideological void on the psychological states and lives of individual soldiers.

Essay Topic 2

The reading experience of citizens and soldiers alike during the war was bland and uniform. In the media and even in other mediums such as fiction, poetry, and films, there was a tendency towards homogenization that became mind-numbing to many.

1) Discuss the general reading experience of soldiers and citizens during World War II. Explain some of the problems in the publishing industry from an entertainment perspective.

2) Describe the common American soldiers interest in reading and how, why, and when this distraction became common in the ranks.

3) Explain some of the changes in the publishing market that were brought about by the war.

Essay Topic 3

The organization and doctrine behind America's army was woefully out of date when it entered World War II, and dramatic changes were necessary to prepare it to fight the axis war machine.

1) Describe America's army before its entrance into the war.

2) Explain the duties that the American army was prepared for and how it expected to fight and win battles.

3) Discuss the realities of the demands placed on the army during the second World War.

4) Explain how the US army adapted and rose to the challenge.

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