The Pacific Theater and the Atomic Bomb

Critical Thinking Questions

Given that the Japanese war against China began in 1937 and German aggression began in Europe in 1936, why was it not until 1941 that the United States joined the war against the Axis powers? Was the decision to stay out of the war until 1941 a wise one on the part of the United States?

Should the United States have done more to help European Jews during the 1930s? What could it have done?

In what ways did World War II improve the status of women and African Americans in the United States?

Should the U.S. government have ordered the internment of Japanese Americans? Does the fear of espionage or sabotage justify depriving American citizens of their rights?

Did the United States make the right decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan?