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Mini-Quiz: When the Japanese Attacked Santa Barbara (1940s)

by Ron Kurtus (revised 13 September 2001)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. What was wrong with laughing at the captain when he fell into the cactus?

Nothing was wrong with it, since he looked so foolish

In many cultures, to be laughed at is an extreme insult

They should have had a large warning sign on the cactus

2. Was the shelling of strategic importance to the Japanese during the war?

Yes, because many cactus plants could have been destroyed

Damaging American oil production could have helped their war effort

No, the captain risked his crew's lives to get revenge

3. Is news suppression justifiable during a war?

Yes, because some news can cause panic or aid the enemy

No, because reporters have to make a living too

It is justifiable any time the Government sees fit

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in History. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

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Santa Barbara News-Press, 1 March 1942

San Francisco Chronicle, 1 March 1942

Timeline of World War II in the Pacific

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