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Was There a Lack of U.S. Preparedness?

What do you know about Was There a Lack of U.S. Preparedness?  Try this US World War II History quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.Alan's Dad (WW2 Vet) - History Made Easy powered by ABE.

1) U.S. civil and military intelligence had, amongst them, good information suggesting additional Japanese aggression throughout the summer and fall before the attack. At the time, no reports specifically indicated an attack against Pearl Harbor.

  • True or False?

2) Public press reports during summer and fall, including Hawaiian newspapers, contained extensive reports on the growing tension in the Pacific. Late in November, all Pacific commands, including both the Navy and Army in Hawaii, were separately and explicitly warned war with Japan was expected in the very near future, and it was preferred that Japan make the first hostile act as they were apparently preparing to do.

  • True or False?

3) It was felt that war would most probably start with attacks in the Far East. What is NOT a Far East country?

  1. Philippines

  2. Indochina

  3. Russian Far East

  4. Turkey

4) The warnings were not specific to any area, noting only that war with Japan was expected in the near future and all commands should act accordingly. Had any of these warnings produced an active alert status in Hawaii, the attack might have been resisted more effectively. What may have been the results?

  1. more death and damage

  2. no death and damage

  3. less death and damage

  4. same death and damage

5) When the attack actually arrived, Pearl Harbor was effectively unprepared. What was the results?

  1. anti-aircraft weapons not manned

  2. anti-submarine measures implemented (e.g., torpedo nets in the harbor)

  3. combat air patrol flying

  4. no Air Corps aircraft parked wingtip to wingtip to reduce sabotage risks (ready to fly at a moment's warning)

6) By 1941, U.S. signals intelligence, through the Army's Signal Intelligence Service and the Office of Naval Intelligence's had intercepted and decrypted considerable Japanese diplomatic and naval cipher traffic, though nothing actually carrying significant information about Japanese military plans in 1940-41. What was the name of the Office of Naval Intelligence's?

  1. CIA

  2. OP-20-G

  3. Navy-X-2

  4. DOD-I-10

7) Nothing in it pointed directly to an attack at Pearl Harbor, and a lack of awareness of Imperial Navy capabilities led to a widespread underlying belief Pearl Harbor was not a possible attack target.

  • True or False?

8) In 1924, who produced a 324-page report warning that future wars (including with Japan) would include a new role for aircraft against existing ships and facilities. He even discussed the possibility of an air attack on Pearl Harbor, but his warnings were ignored.

  1. General William L. Mitchell

  2. Charles Lindbergh

  3. Amelia Earhart

  4. Mark Reynolds

9) And a war game surprise air raid against Pearl Harbor in 1932 led by Admiral Harry E. Yarnell had been judged a success and to have caused considerable damage, a finding corroborated in a 1938 war game. Who led the 1938 war game?

  1. Admiral Todd Rich

  2. Admiral Ernest King

  3. Admiral Michael McEwen

  4. Admiral John Kennedy

10) Who said, "It was God's mercy that our fleet was in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941."?

  1. Chester Arthur

  2. George Chester

  3. Chester Nimitz

  4. Charles Strong


Was There a Lack of U.S. Preparedness? [Answers]

1) True 2) True 3) D. 4) C. 5) A) 6) B. 7) True 8) A. 9) B. 10) C.

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