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. Why were novels produced before the war more popular than contemporary ones?

2. Overall, the example that Horizon set was which of the following?

3. What impact of Horizon is considered briefly at the end of Chapter 15?

4. What was the state of the global economy before the war began?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Overall, what was the media portrayal of the war like?

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

3. How did the media interpret the suffering of the nation's citizenry?

4. How were books adapted for soldiers' use, and how did these changes persist after the war?

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

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

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

8. How did soldiers react to the media's presentation of the war?

9. What did front line troops usually believe about depictions of their wartime experiences?

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

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

Americans placed great stock in their new lines of heavy bombers, which were predicted to be able to win the war quickly and easily, but the reality proved very different.

1) Explain why Americans put so much faith and hope in the doctrine of precision bombing.

2) Explain the doctrine of precision bombing and how it was expected to end the war.

3) Discuss the difficulties in implementing a campaign of precision bombing, and how American strategy changed as a result.

Essay Topic 3

Nations on all sides recruited soldiers around the age of 18, since young men were considered to be ideal soldiers. For better or worse, young men fought and won the war.

1) Explain why young men were considered to be ideal candidates for training as soldiers.

2) Why is it important for soldiers to exhibit aggression? Explain why young men around the age of 18 are prime candidates in this regard.

2) Discuss why military leaders believed young men to be easier to lead and less likely to question the purpose of the war. Was this supposition valid?

3) Discuss the use of very young soldiers by the axis powers late in the war. Was this type of recruitment immoral, or supportable given their circumstances?

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