World War II Webquest
The following webquest encompasses several important aspects of the Second World War. From here on in, all QUESTIONS will be in bold font.
1. Read about the after-effects of World War I and the Treaty of Versailles
a) How many people were killed and wounded in total
b) Who were the Big Three
c) What were the four areas of the Treaty
d) What was Germany??™s reaction to the Treaty of Versailles
e) What two choices was Germany given in relation to the Treaty of Versailles
2. Go to the following site and scroll through the timeline.
a) What year did Adolph Hitler become the leader of the National Socialist Nazi Party (Hint – look in the 1920s)
b) Go to 1925. Click on Mein Kampf. What does Mein Kampf mean (Third or fourth paragraph)
c) What is an Aryan, according to Hitler (Around the fourth paragraph)
d) Look at the bottom of the article, when did this book become hugely popular To answer this, you have to read the article, and then go back to the timeline to find out when Hitler became Chancellor.
e) What year did the Nazis hold a book burning List some authors whose works were destroyed.
f) Scroll down to 1941. Look at December. What happened on Dec. 8 and Dec. 11
g) Scroll to the very end. Click on the Statistics of World War II. Which country had the most fatalities How many countries were involved with World War II
3. Look at this website and write the definition of Fascism in your own words. What countries were fascist during the WW2 era.
4. Go to http://www.bartleby.com/65/to/totalita.html
and find the definition for ???totalitarianism???
Name the 3 countries and their leaders who had a totalitarian system. What are the two most common characteristics shared by totalitarian governments help me write an essay about myself
5. Go to http://www.ushmm.org/outreach/nrule.htm and read through this site. When you are done exploring, click on the Nazi Propaganda tab at the top. Which American writers were banned, why, and by whom
6. Go to the following website.
http://www.lclark.edu/~history/HIROSHIMA/ Click on The Gallery. Go to collection 3. Hiroshima Collection. Click on pictures #2 and # 18. Read the captions under the pictures. Explain your thoughts on how the Japanese must have felt immediately after the Atomic Bomb was dropped on them.
7. The next website is about a female spy during the war.
a) What was her name at birth
b) Where was she born
c) How old was she when she died
d) She was an SOE. What do the initials stand for
e) What was her code name
f) Why were her wireless reports to SOE headquarters so important
8. Concentration camps.
A. http://history1900s.about.com/library/holocaust/blmap.htm This site has a map of all the concentration and extermination camps.
a) What was the camp to the furthest point north
b) Which was the closest extermination camp to the city of Warsaw, Poland
c) What was the name of the concentration camp in France
B. http://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/timeline/camps.htm The site shows a timeline of the holocaust. Go to the year 1941 and find the word Einsatzgruppen, then click on the definition box (DEFN). From which two groups did the Einsatzgruppen get selected What was their responsibility Go to the year 1942 and find a (WEBLINK) box that refers to the ???Final Solution???, and click on it. What was the Madagascar Plan On the same WEBLINK, look at the section titles ???Nazi Murder of Non-Jews???. List 5 other groups the Nazis murdered during the Holocaust.
c) http://www.mtsu.edu/~baustin/holocamp.html This is a site showing the Nazi extermination camps. Look at the Timeline for Nazi Extermination Camps. There is a chart of how many were killed at each camp and how. Which two camps had the highest rate of deaths
http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/find_out/guides/world/d-day_/newsid_3754000/3754731.stm Use the 5 main links to answer the following questions:
a) What was D-Day (Use link #1) What happened on D-Day (Answer this question by summarizing in one paragraph the 5 points listed on Link #2) What were the names of the 5 beaches where the invasion forces landed (Use link #3)
b) Click on the Omaha flag. Which division landed at Omaha beach How many U.S. soldiers were killed or wounded trying to land ashore How many troops landed by the end of the day
c) Click on the Gold flag. Who landed at Gold beach How many casualties (dead or wounded) were there and how many troops landed
e) Click on the Juno flag. Who landed on Juno beach How many casualties were there and how many landed
f) Click on What was D-Day to the left of the map. Read the last paragraph. How long did D-Day last and what was its final outcome
12. Battle of the Bulge
Click on the link and scroll through the site to get an idea of how immense it was. Go to Battle Facts.
a) How many soldiers fought and for which country
b) How many casualties were there for each country
c) Go to Battle Action Credits and read the first paragraph. Why was the Battle of the Bulge so devastating for the Germans
13. North African Campaign
Go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/launch_ani_north_africa_campaign.shtml
and launch the animation. Read the information below the map.
Why was it so important for the Germans to control North Africa Give 3 reasons.
Play all the animations (always click on the key) until you get to ???Rommel Advances to El Alamein???. Play this animation and read the information under the map. Based on the animation, when was the battle of El Alamein Based on the reading, when was the 2nd battle of El Alamein
Now play the animation??? Allied Victory in North Africa??? and read the information under the map. According to the reading, where and when did Rommel launch his major offensive Where did the Allies make the final assault When did the Allies declare victory How many prisoners did they take
Go to http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761552739/Battle_of_Midway.html
a) Why was this battle so significant
b) When did it take place
c) Which American and Japanese forces fought in it
d) How many ships did the Japanese lose
e) How many ships did the Americans lose
15. Iwo Jima
Go the following link and watch the video. (Great American History Quiz: Iwo Jima)
(immediately minimize your other windows and click on the ???video gallery??? link on the bottom task bar. If the video already started, just rewind and begin again.)
Write the question and correct answer shown on the video quiz.
1. What was the strategic importance of Iwo Jima to the US
Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Okinawa
a)What was a significant historical WWII fact about the Battle of Okinawa (Hint: it has to do with when it happened).
b) What was the military code name for the Battle of Okinawa
c) How many U.S. soldiers died
d)How many Japanese soldiers died
e)How many civilians died
f)What was the Japanese goal in Okinawa
g)The Japanese used Kamikaze planes in Okinawa.
h)What was the pilots??™ responsibility
17. Planned Invasion of Japan
The capture of Okinawa made it possible for the United States to prepare an invasion of Japan. The invasion was planned but never happened. It never happened because the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima (8/06/45) and Nagasaki (8/09/45), resulting in Japanese surrender and the end of WWII.
Go to http://www.waszak.com/japanww2.htm
a) What was the code name of the planned invasion
b) What percentage of total American servicemen were going to take part in this massive invasion
c) According to General Charles Willoughby, how many estimated American casualties would there be by the fall of 1946
18. Hiroshima & Nagasaki
According to some estimates, more than 240,000 Japanese lost their lives when the bombs fell in both cities. Thousands more have died from radiation illnesses up until 1950, and many babies who were born weeks and months after the blasts, were born with birth defects.
Go to http://www.history.com/media.doaction=clip&id=mf1_atomicbombings_63
A. Watch the video of the atomic bombs and then re-read An Invasion Not Found in the History Books on
B. In one paragraph, write a persuasive response to the following question:
Should the U.S. have dropped the two Atomic bombs on Japan, or should they have invaded Japan instead Why
19. Consequences and Aftermath
With 55 million dead, over one trillion dollars in money spent, and billions of dollars in damage, WWII was the most destructive war in the history of the world.
A. Go to http://www.history.com/encyclopedia.doarticleId=226140
and read the section ???Costs of the War???. Then answer the following questions:
a) How many countries participated in World War II
b) Which country spent the most money on the war
c) Which country suffered the most casualties (dead and wounded) How many
d) How many total Allied human losses were there, both military and civilian
e) How many total Axis human losses
B. The end of WWII changed the military balance of power in the world. Go to the last paragraph of ???Human Losses??? Which countries lost power and which two countries became the world??™s only superpowers
Congratulations! You have reached the end of this web quest and are now a certified expert on World War II!!!