Compare and Contrast: Red Scare Spy Cases



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Compare and Contrast: Red Scare Spy Cases

Directions:

You will read the two articles given to you. “The Story of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg” covers the Rosenberg spy case and “Alger Hiss and the Pumpkin Patch” covers the Alger Hiss spy case. It is your job to read and answer the questions given by finding the answers within the readings. Use a separate sheet of paper to answer the questions. Once you find your answers, and have highlighted where you found them in the reading, you need to place these answers, in full sentences, in your Venn-diagram.

For the Venn-diagram, please fill in each side contrasting the two spy cases. Once you have done so, look at both sides and see where the two cases are similar, and please fill in the center area of the Venn-diagram with these similarities.



Questions:

Alger Hiss

  1. What did Whitaker Chambers admit when he testified before the House un-American Activities Committee?

  2. Who does Chambers accuse during his testimony? What does he accuse him of?

  3. How does Alger Hiss respond to these accusations? What does he think of Whitaker Chambers?

  4. Chambers supports his argument with evidence. What was the evidence he had against Hiss?

  5. What is Hiss accused of? Did he admit to the charges or deny them?

  6. Was Hiss found guilty? If so, what was his sentence?

  7. Was Alger Hiss really a spy?

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

  1. Julius Rosenberg and David Greenglass were involved with what activities in the United States?

  2. What was David Greenglass arrested for? Who did he claim to also be spies during his testimony?

  3. What was Julius Rosenberg being accused of doing? What was Ethel Rosenberg accused of doing? What do they think of David Greenglass?

  4. What is Julius and Ethel Rosenberg charged with? Did they admit to the charges or deny them?

  5. Were the Rosenbergs found guilty? If so, what was their sentence?

  6. Were the Rosenbergs really spies?



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