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When was Negotiations Broken?

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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) Part of the Japanese plan for the attack included breaking off negotiations with the United States before the attack began. Diplomats from the Japanese Embassy in Washington, including the Japanese ambassador, Admiral Kichisaburo Nomura, and special representative Saburo Kurusu, had been conducting extended talks with the State Department regarding the U.S. reactions to the Japanese move into Viet Nam in the summer. How long before the attack did Japan plan to break off negotiations with the United States?

  1. 30 minutes

  2. 8 hours

  3. 1 day

  4. 3 day

2) In the days before the attack, a long 14-part message was sent to the Embassy from the Foreign Office in Tokyo (encrypted with the Type 97 cryptographic machine, in a cipher named PURPLE by U.S. cryptanalysts), with instructions to deliver it to Secretary of State Cordell Hull. The last part arrived late Saturday night (Washington time) but due to decryption and typing delays, and to Tokyo's failure to stress the crucial necessity of the timing, Embassy personnel did not deliver the message breaking off negotiations to Secretary Hull until several hours after the attack. What was the Washington time the message delivered to Secretary Hull?

  1. 12 p.m. Washington time

  2. 1 p.m. Washington time

  3. 2 p.m. Washington time

  4. 6 p.m. Washington time

3) The United States had decrypted the 14th part well before the Japanese Embassy managed to, and long before the Embassy managed a fair typed copy.

  • True or False?

4) It prompted the Army Chief of Staff, to send that morning's warning message, with assurances that it would be received by all recipients by 1 p.m. Washington time.  Who was the Army Chief of Staff?

  1. Alexander Witt

  2. James Mount

  3. George Marshall

  4. Dwight Eisenhower

5) There were delays in the message sent to Hawaii because of trouble with the Army's long distance communication system, a decision not to use the Navy's parallel facilities despite an offer to permit it, and various troubles during its travels over commercial cable facilities (somehow its "urgent" marking was misplaced, adding additional hours to its travel time). It was actually delivered to General Walter Short, by a young Japanese-American cycle messenger, several hours after the attack had ended.

  • True or False?

6) What time in Washington finally did the Japanese Ambassador meet with Secretary Hull?

  1. 1:15 p.m.

  2. 1:45 p.m.

  3. 2:00 p.m.

  4. 2:20 p.m.

7) There were Japanese records, admitted into evidence during Congressional hearings on the attack after the War, that established that the Japanese government had not even written a declaration of war until hearing news of the successful attack. The two-line declaration of war was finally delivered to U.S. Ambassador Grew in Tokyo about 10 hours after the attack was over. He was allowed to transmit it to the United States where it was received late Monday afternoon (Washington time).

  • True or False?

8) At the second Imperial Conference concerning attacks on the Western colonies in Asia and Hawaii, Japanese leaders met to consider the attack plans prepared by Imperial General Headquarters, one day after the emperor had reprimanded General Hajime Sugiyama, the Chief of the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) General Staff, about the lack of success in China, and the speculated low chances of victory against the United States, British Empire, and their allies.  When was the conference?

  1. September 6, 1941

  2. September 16, 1941

  3. September 26, 1941

  4. September 30, 1941

9) Chief of the IJN General Staff Admiral Osami Nagano presented a complete plan for the attack on Pearl Harbor to Hirohito. What was the date?

  1. November 1, 1941

  2. November 3, 1941

  3. November 13, 1941

  4. November 23, 1941

10) Hirohito finally approved a "war against United States, Great Britain and Holland", during another Imperial Conference, to commence with a surprise attack on the US Pacific Fleet at its main forward base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. When was the war approved?

  1. September 1, 1941

  2. October 1, 1941

  3. November 1, 1941

  4. December 1, 1941


When was Negotiations Broken?
[Answers]

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

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