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1. When did President Roosevelt ask Congress to declare war on Japan?

a. December 7, 1941

b. October 8, 1941

c. January 1, 1942

d. December 8, 1941

2. The second paragraph of Roosevelt’s speech

a. shows Roosevelt’s sense of anger and betrayal

b. provides context for why the attack was so surprising

c. emphasizes the cooperation of Japan with the United States

d. conveys approval for the actions of the Japanese

3. Based on Roosevelt’s speech, the actions of the Japanese can best be characterized


a. generous and helpful.

b. cowardly and vengeful.

c. aggressive and sneaky.

d. destructive yet necessary

4. Read the following sentences: “Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive

extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The

people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the

implications to the very life and safety of our nation.”

The word implications most nearly means

a. change

b. hysteria

c. meaning

d. exaggeration

5. The purpose of President Roosevelt’s speech was to

a. ask Congress to declare war on Japan.

b. thank the Japanese for their assistance.

c. list all of the countries that the Japanese attacked.

d. ask other countries to assist the United States.

6. Why does President Roosevelt think that the attack on Pearl Harbor was “deliberately

planned many days or even weeks ago”?




7. Describe Roosevelt’s tone as he speaks about his outlook on the rest of the war by

using textual evidence.




8. The question below is an incomplete sentence. Choose the word that best completes

the sentence.

According to President Roosevelt, the United States needed to enter the war _____ it

was under attack.

a. because

b. before

c. while

d. second

9. Answer the following questions based on the sentence below.

Japanese forces attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Who? Japanese forces

(did) What? ______________________________________________________

Where? _________________________________________________________

When? __________________________________________________________
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