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Video Information and Comprehension Questions

World War II: The Pacific
Wars of the 20th Century 5-pack

The following questions appear onscreen in the video. Feel free to integrate them into your lesson plan as needed.


 
Part I
Questions to consider before watching the video:
  • What do you know about the United States' involvement in the South Pacific during World War II? As you watch the program, think about reasons for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • Pay attention to how the experiences of the Pearl Harbor survivors influenced America's determination to win the war.
Questions to consider after watching the video:
  • According to the program, from 1941 to 1945 Japanese and Americans "cast off civilized taboos" while fighting the war. Compare and contrast the conduct of Japanese and American soldiers during World War II, their views of war, and the leaders who directed the war effort.
Suggested activity
Create a storyboard that shows the major battles in the South Pacific during World War II. Research when and where each battle was fought and the number of casualties.
 
Part I
Questions to consider before watching the video:
  • What is propaganda? How is it used during wartime?
  • As you watch the program, note how the United States used propaganda during World War II. Look for ways that propaganda affected attitudes of civilians in the United States.
Questions to consider after watching the video:
  • As the war in the Pacific drew to a close, American military leaders were doubtful that the United States could successfully invade the Japanese mainland. Why do you think they were doubtful?
  • What were the alternatives to invading Japan?
Suggested activity
Write a radio script for an interview with a Japanese American interned during World War II. Read Farewell to Manzanar, by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston, for background information.