Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War Test | Final 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. Most soldiers had no knowledge of their purpose in regards to what?

2. How did advertisers and other companies think of the war?

3. Which of the following was a predominant source of media during World War II?

4. What was a soldier's primary source of information?

5. Which of the following is an example of an official idiom first used in World War II?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is one way that a person could become considered to be subversive?

2. What was the overall reading experience of citizens and soldiers like during the war?

3. How did media organizations gain access to war zones for their reporters?

4. When were more enduring war novels written and why were they written during this time period?

5. What is one type of preparation that was made in England in anticipation of an invasion?

6. What does the author believe about the phenomenon of attributing high-minded ideals to the purpose of a war?

7. Why did citizens in the US and England suffer from deprivation?

8. What difficulties did the publishing industry face during the war?

9. How and why did the media fail to report the entire story of the war?

10. What qualities caused an idiom to transfer to enter the general vocabulary?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The nature of warfare, especially in World War II, made mistakes commonplace and almost unavoidable. The military and media handled these sometimes deadly mistakes in a way that might be considered disingenuous or immoral.

1) Discuss the factors that contribute to blunders being made in warfare. Explain why warfare is more prone to these mistakes than other ventures, and why the combat in World War II was especially so.

2) Explain some of the major types of military blunders that occurred in World War II, including recognition error and friendly fire.

3) Describe the ways that the military and media reacted to military blunders.

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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