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. Overall, the deprivation faced by American and British citizens would best be described as which of the following?

2. What did the average soldiers believe about the meaning of the war?

3. Many terms that persisted after the war had what quality?

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

5. The soldiers' primary sources of information primarily focused on what subject?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did advertisers think of and take advantage of the war?

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

3. Why did wartime reporting often fail to capture the realities of warfare?

4. What were the most important types of media during the war?

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

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

7. Why were front line soldiers confused by media presentations of the war?

8. How did the average soldier view the war?

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

10. How did the media imply God's involvement in the war?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the second World War, soldiers faced constant hazing from their officers. Although largely successful in helping to establish and maintain discipline, these measures were always demeaning, and sometimes dangerous.

1) Explain the unofficial policy of hazing in the US military during World War II.

2) Discuss why this policy was used, and what the army expected to gain through it.

3) Describe some of the unintended side-effects of hazing on the enlisted men.

Essay Topic 2

Rumors emerged and spread rapidly through the ranks of the enlisted men during World War II, and were apparently believed by many soldiers - sometimes by soldiers on both sides of the war.

1) Explain why rumors were likely to emerge in the conditions that soldiers lived in. What did rumors provide for the soldiers?

2) Discuss some of the types of rumors believed by the soldiers.

3) Speculate as to why fanciful and easily disprovable ideas were continued to be embraced.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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