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. Which of the following qualities of warfare does the author NOT suggest to be a contributing factor in military blunders?

2. Most proponents of precision bombing suggested that it be used to destroy what enemy targets?

3. How was the self-image of an individual soldier treated?

4. The airman discussed in one example of military blunders, and who was killed by English soldiers, belonged to what allied nation?

5. Copies of the New Testament were frequently altered in what way?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were talismans?

2. What beliefs do younger soldiers typically have that older soldiers do not?

3. Once they were in the war, how did Americans believe they could win it?

4. What types of hazing were most common?

5. How and why did military and public authorities react to stereotyping of enemy forces?

6. What did Americans expect their participation in WWII to be like?

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

8. How did soldiers think about women most of the time?

9. What are the causes of the facelessness with with soldiers were treated in the second World War?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many soldiers believed in Talismans.

1) Describe what a talisman is and why they concept was embraced by soldiers.

2) Discuss the types of objects that were used as talismans and why their origins caused them to be considered important.

3) Speculate as to how seriously most soldiers believed in the protective powers of the talismans.

4) Discuss the importance of the talismans as devices to comfort and reassure soldiers placed in brutal and violent conditions.

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

During the war, advertisers took advantage of the prevailing patriotic spirit to help sell their products.

1) Discuss how and why advertisers were able to take advantage of the war.

2) Explain why consumers were particularly susceptible to encouragements to support the war effort. What did the "one voice" movement have to do with this phenomenon?

3) Assess how acceptable the practices that advertisers used during this time were. Did these campaigns constitute war profiteering, or were they valid business models? Use information from the book to support your opinion.

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