Lesson Plans Based on Movies & Film Clips!                                         

Terms of Use  TWM Blog 


Comprehension Test for Lesson Plan on Mass Casualties

1.  Name the three countries most responsible for starting WW II. _____________________________________________________________________

2.  Circle the figure that is closest to the total number of U.S. soldiers killed in action in WW II.
  • 10,000
  • 50,000
  • 100,000
  • 200,000
  • 300,000
  • 400,000


3.  Circle the figure that is closest to the total number of U.S. soldiers who died from non-battle related causes in WW II.
  • 10,000
  • 50,000
  • 75,000
  • 100,000
  • 200,000
  • 300,000


4.  Name the one other war in American history in which more U.S. soldiers died than in WW II.

_____________________________________________________________________

5.  What was the approximate death toll for civilian and military, killed from combat or other causes, in World War II?

_____________________________________________________________________

6.  Why did the U.S. rush to build an atomic bomb?

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

7.  What is a firestorm?    ___________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________

8.  What was the single most destructive air raid in history?    ________________________

____________________________________________________________________

9.  Why is an atomic bomb called a weapon of mass destruction?

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

10.  Describe two strategies that the U.S. could have used to end WW II without the use of the atomic bomb.

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

11.  Describe two ways that the U.S. considered using the atomic bomb to help end WW II rather than by surprise attacks on Japanese cities. (Describe all four and get extra credit.)

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

12.  What was the Japanese reaction to the Potsdam Proclamation?

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

13.  Why was it important for the ruling elite in Japan to have the Emperor remain the head of the Japanese government after the war? _____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

14.  What illegitimate political tactics did the military fanatics use to intimidate the Japanese politicians who wanted to end the war? _____________________________________________________________________

15.  By mid-1945 the Japanese had only two important types of military assets. What were they?

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

16.  What was the significance of the Okinawa campaign to the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan?

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

17.  Why did the U.S. want Russia to enter the war against Japan?

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

18.  What effect did U.S. leaders believe the atomic bombings of Japan would have on the disputes that the U.S. and Great Britain were having with Russia in Europe?

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

19.  What did the diehard Japanese militarists do after the Emperor and the Japanese government decided to surrender?

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

20.  What did the U.S. do about the war crimes charges against Emperor Hirohito and why did it take that action?

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________




Last updated April 11, 2008.




Spread the GOOD NEWS about ...
                                                       TEACHWITHMOVIES.COM!
Click here to recommend this site to a friend!




© TeachWithMovies.com, Inc. All rights reserved. Note that unless otherwise indicated any quotations attributed to a source, photographs, illustrations, maps, diagrams or paintings were copied from public domain sources or are included based upon the "fair use" doctrine. No claim to copyright is made as to those items. DVD or VHS covers are in the public domain. TeachWithMovies.org®, TeachWithMovies.com®, Talking and Playing with Movies™, and the pencil and filmstrip logo are trademarks of TeachWithMovies.com, Inc.

TWM grants free limited licenses to copy TWM curriculum materials only to educators in public or non-profit schools and to parents trying to help educate their children. See TWM's Terms of Use for a full description of the free licenses and limits on the rights of others to copy TWM.