The Great War


Answer the questions below on a separate sheet of paper. Use the internet, online textbook and/or a classroom set textbook to help you with the answers.
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2. Trench life- Explain what life was like in the trenches

  • What type of food were the soldiers given?
  • What was Trench foot?
  • In your opinion what was the worst part of trench life?
  • What role did the Red cross and the Salvation Army play in Trench life?

3. Analyze "In Flanders Fields"

  • read the WWI poem "In Flanders fields" and give the following information
  • What is the Historical context (what was happening at that place and time?)
  • Who was the Author and what was his purpose in writing it?

In Flanders Fields

by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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4. What does the phrase "living history" mean? How does the passing away for WWI veterans change the history of WWI?

5. Buster Keaton left his life in Hollywood to fight in the war. List 3 celebrities who did the same (in any war).

For each of the 3 celebrities that fought, give their name and which war they fought in.
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6. Harlem Hellfighters

What was their contribution to WWI and why do you think it matters?
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7. WWI Technology

Give 3 examples of new technology that was used in WWI. For each example tell what it is, and what it's impact was on the War.

8. What is happening in the pictures below?

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9. Mustard Gas in WWI

A. Which side used mustard gas during WWI?

B. How would using chemical warfare be an advantage?

C. Search for another time in history when chemicals were used in battle then record the information below on your sheet:

  • Type of biological weapon (gas, germ, etc)
  • Where was it used
  • Which war/dispute/event
  • What was its effect
  • Did it help win the war/dispute/event

10.In your opinion, why do many Americans prefer the study of World War 2 over World War I (movies, games, etc)?