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Photo 2: Shattered by a direct hit, the USS Arizona burns and sinks, December 7, 1941.
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(USS Arizona Memorial)

1. The U.S. Navy did not allow much from the photographic records of the Pearl Harbor attack to be made public in 1941. Why do you think they made that decision?

2. What do you think was the reaction of the American public when they saw this image published in their local newspapers?

3. From examining the photo, can you make out where the USS Arizona was hit and how she sank? Why or why not? If needed, refer to Reading 1 to determine how the USS Arizona sank.

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