Hiroshima is a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Hersey. It tells the stories of six survivors of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, covering a period of time immediately prior to and one year after the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945. It was originally published in The New Yorker. (From Wikipedia)
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1. A Noiseless Flash
Hiroshima is the largest city in the Chūgoku region of western Honshu which is the largest island of Japan. In 1945 this city was home to 350,000 people. Today, the population is 1.174 million. (This annotation contains an image)
Considering the context, the word "obliteration" most likely means
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Based on the descriptions of the setting, Hiroshima is a place of
Air raid sirens are very alarming for people who live in areas of armed conflict. Listen to what an air raid siren sounds like. How does it make you feel? Imagine what it is like to be in a war zone hearing this siren; knowing that danger is nearby. (This annotation contains a video)
When recounting history, authors use various text structures to tell stories and to convey historical facts. Watch this video about structure then respond to the following question. (This annotation contains a video)
How does the author structure the anecdotes in this text?
Before the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, it was said that the United States government sent out leaflets warning the people of Japan to evacuate major cities. Pursue this website and read the leaflets to gain historical context. (This annotation contains a link)
Considering the warnings the Japanese received, why does Father Kleinsorge always go out and scan the sky?
Throughout this chapter, the author has made reference to the "blinding light" that the people of Hiroshima saw when the atomic bomb made impact. Watch this video to get a sense of what they saw and to learn why there was a "blinding light." (This annotation contains a video)
The author includes this paragraph to show
2. The Fire
In 4-5 sentences, summarize the events that have taken place so far.
This line shows that after the bomb made impact, the city became dark from the smoke.
Peruse this website about how the atomic bomb works. Read section titled "Heat" then respond to the following question. (This annotation contains a link)
According to the website, "new fires were leaping up, and they spread quickly" due to the
According to the text, many people died from the impact of the bomb and from
Many people were crushed by fallen roofs in buildings after the bomb hit. (This annotation contains an image)
How is this woman's survival story similar or different from Sadako Sasaki's? Use evidence from the text and the video to support your assertion.
In this chapter, you have read about different survivors. Sadako Sasaki was a Japanese girl who is known as a famous survivor of the blast, even though she died later from leukemia. Watch the first few minutes of this video about her then respond to the following question. (This annotation contains a video)
This question that the Doctor asked himself shows that
Many survivors suffered third degree burns from the blast. Others were so badly burned that their skin melted off.
After the blast, hospitals in Hiroshima were crowded and unsanitary. Despite this being a facility for care, many people went there to die. (This annotation contains an image)
This plot event about the rain shows that
3. Details are Being Investigated
A megaphone is an amplifying device used to transmit a message to a large group of people. Why might the officer have needed to use a megaphone in this situation? (This annotation contains an image)
This is bizarre. Why do you think the burned people were served wine?
Based on the information you read about Axis Powers, why were Germans present to aid in the rescue of the Japanese?
The era during which this catastrophe occurred was during World War II. Read the first paragraph in this website to understand who was fighting then respond to the following question. (This annotation contains a link)
Rations are a fixed amount of a commodity officially allowed to each person during a time of shortage or during a wartime. (This annotation contains an image)
Why do you think people did not have access to fresh tap water?
Who is the protagonist and who is the antagonist in this text? Watch this video to guide your thinking. (This annotation contains a video)
Based on the way the author is telling this story, who is painted as the antagonist and who is painted as the protagonist? Use evidence from the text to support your assertion.
Based on this anecdote, which central idea has emerged about war?
Why do you think the children had no appetite?
Based on what you have learned about The Manhattan Project, why were Japanese physicists brought in to investigate?
Read the first three paragraphs from this website about The Manhattan Project then respond to the following question. (This annotation contains a link)
4. Panic Grass and Feverfew
This is a famous photograph which is kept in the Peace Museum in Hiroshima. This man has spot hemorrhages as a result of exposure to radiation. (This annotation contains an image)
What does this sentence reveal about the medical rescue services and doctors during this time?
What commonalities does this paragraph have to the video you watched about health effects? Use evidence from both resources to support your assertion.
Radiation diseases are said to be the greatest devastation that came out of the bombing despite the tremendous amount of people who died from the blast.
The condition Sasaki has is Leukemia. Listen to this doctor to learn about the disease and how it affects the body. (This annotation contains a video)
These lines show
Considering what you have learned so far about the effects of the atomic bomb, what do you think this author's argument is?
Use the define feature to learn what "debris" means.
Even though they have been hit by a devastating atomic bomb, what does this sentence reveal about Japan?
Listen to this clip to hear Japan's national anthem. Like Americans and other countries, Japanese sing this song to instill a sense of pride in country. (This annotation contains a video)