World War II

Study Guide

 

I.  You should be able to identify and explain the historical significance of the following:

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Henry J. Kaiser

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A. Philip Randolph

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Douglas MacArthur

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Chester W. Nimitz

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Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Joseph Stalin

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George S. Patton

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Thomas E. Dewey

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Harry S. Truman

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Albert Einstein

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Rosie the Riveter

II.  You should be able to describe and explain the historical significance of the following:

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War Production Board

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Office of Price Administration

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War Labor Board

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Smith-Connally Act

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Fair Employment Practices Commission

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Casablanca Conference

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Second Front

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Teheran Conference

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D-Day

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V-E Day

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Potsdam Conference

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V-J Day

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War Relocation Camps

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Operation "Overlord"

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Yalta Conference

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Battle of Midway

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Battle of Leyte Gulf

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Battle of the Coral Sea

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Hiroshima

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Nagasaki

III.  Study Questions

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How did the Allies conduct the war in Europe and Africa before the Normandy Invasion?

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How did the Federal Government mobilize the nations economy for war?

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What happened at the Yalta Conference and why was it important?

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What effect did the war have on the western states and on Native Americans?

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Russia continued to call for a second front, but the United States refused to oblige until 1944.  Why?

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How did World War II effect: The role of the national government in American life? The relationship between government and the economy?  Minority groups in the U.S.?

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What were the arguments for and against using the A-Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945? 

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What are the arguments for and against the Japanese-American relocation camps used in World War II? 

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What was the grand strategy of the Big Three allies in World War II?  What aspect of that strategy became controversial?  Why?

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Why did America's participation in World War II never really become an idealistic crusade as it had in World War I?

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Which was the most critical front in World War II in terms of defending American interests: The European Theater or the Pacific?  Justify your response.

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Why, with major wars in Europe and the Pacific, did American troops see their first active combat in North Africa?  What were the strategic objectives of that campaign?

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IN what ways did the United States emerge from World War II fundamentally changed?  Consider national power, economic health, and the home front.

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Was the decision to drop the Atomic Bomb on Japan a proper decision?  Justify your response.

 

Practice Quiz:

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