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STUDY GUIDE FOR EBZB PRODUCTIONS'

SONGS AND LETTERS OF WORLD WAR II : A CABARET

Questions About

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Knowing the answers to the following questions will enhance your theatre experience . . .

WW II RECRUITING POSTER

Patton were Generals. Why are they notable?

to Europe tomorrow.” write “I sure miss the roosters crowing.”

9.

The Atomic bomb was introduced in WWII. The United States dropped the bomb on Japan, which helped to end the war. The destruction was

devastating.

pros and decision

What

cons of

to

use

were the the US atomic

Make a Timeline. List the dates of major events during WWII. Find pop- culture information to correspond with the same dates. Use a Powerpoint or Keynote software to make a presentation. Or draw the timeline on poster board.

weapons?

VOCABULARY WORDS

  • 1.

    Who was the President of the United States when World War II began? Who was president when WWII ended?

  • 2.

    What started WWII? What year did WWII begin? What year did the United States enter into WWII? Why? What year did WWII end?

  • 3.

    During WWII, Who was the Prime Minister of England?

  • 4.

    What countries were allies of the United States?

  • 5.

    Who was Adolph Hitler? Who was Benito Mussolini? Who was Joseph Stalin? What are the dangers of dictatorships?

  • 6.

    Name three countries included in “The Axis” – enemies of the United States.

  • 7.

    What’s the difference between a concentration camp and a death camp? What kind of people were sent to these camps by the Nazis? Why?

  • 8.

    Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur and George S.

10. How many people died during WW II? How many Americans were wounded? Which country suffered the most human loss? What single religious group was the most persecuted by Hitler?

ACTIVITIES

Interview a Veteran. Find a family member or friend who lived during WWII (or another war) and ask them five questions about their service and memories. Record the interview with a digital video camera or take notes. Then make a multi-media presentation on your computer, or write about the person you interviewed.

Draw a War Poster, or two. What images will you choose? Use words like: freedom, duty, fight, win, liberty, victory, allies, work. Remember the point is to inspire people to help in the war effort.

Create a Code. Come up with your own special code, perhaps it’s substituting numbers for letters, or prearranging with the recipient of your mail to use a special phrase to mean something else. For example: instead of saying, “I’m shipping out

Axis, allies, atomic bomb, blackouts, D-Day, draft, fascist, Glenn Miller, Iwo Jima, kamikaze bombers, kindertransport, Nazi, Normandy, patriotism, Pearl Harbor, pin-up girls, propaganda, rationing, rhetoric, swastika, U-boat, USO, Veteran, VE Day, VJ Day, victory garden, WAC’s, WAV’s, war bonds.

WEB SITES

America’s Story http://www.americasstory.com/cgi- bin/page.cgi/jb/wwii

Rosie The Riveter www.rosietheriveter.org

The Holocaust Children www.annefrank.dk/Default.htm

World War II Posters - http://www.library.northwestern.edu/ govpub/collections/wwii-posters/

BOO KS

World War II for Kids by Richard Panchyk Chicago Review Press

Elsie’s War By Frank Dabba Smith Frances Lincoln Ltd.

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