Warm Up Exercise, December 7 and 10, 2018 (with supplement)

SHORT ESSAY:1 President Franklin D. Roosevelt called December 7, 1941 “a date which will live in infamy.”  What was he talking about?  Do you agree with him?  Explain why or why not.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTION: Only do the supplement below if you are one of the three students who have two engineering classes. Otherwise, do not proceed.

News of the attack on Pearl Harbor traveled incredibly fast (a matter of hours) in comparison to previous important world events. Many Americans of that generation had an indelible memory of the beginning of America’s involvement in World War II. Subsequent generations experienced other defining events such as the assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963; the first human walking on the moon on July 20, 1969; or the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11th 2001. Can you point to a similar event(s) that your generation has experienced. If so, explain them. If not, explain why you think your generation hasn’t experienced this type of event.


  1. Your short essay should be a paragraph or two. “Explain” means to give some logical reasons for your point of view