You find a great number of reading worksheets that focus on the attacks on U.S. Naval forces at Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Pearl Harbor is located near Honolulu in Hawaii. It is also the location of one of the largest U.S. Pacific Naval Fleets. On December 7, 1941 Japan sprung a surprise attack on this base. The result was two-fold the near annihilation of the U.S. Pearl Harbor Fleet and the declaration of war between the U.S. and Japan. Japan had signed the Tripartite Pact with Germany and Italy which put the U.S. at war with all three countries. The final result of this aggression was two atomic bombs dropped on Japan.

This selection of worksheets and reading lessons looks at the causes, impact, and remembrance of the 1941 attacks on Pearl Harbor. We follow up by looking at the response from the U.S. Military.

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The Attack on Pearl Harbor Reading Passage

Most of Europe had already been fighting for two years at the time of this attack, and the U.S. had tried to stay neutral.

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The Attack on Pearl Harbor - Multiple Choice Questions

Japan suffered relatively few casualties during the Pearl Harbor attack, though they did lose some aircraft and a few ships.

Pearl Harbor Day

Memorials were built at the sites of two of the ships that were destroyed, the USS Arizona and the USS Utah.

Pearl Harbor Day - Short Answer Questions

Pearl Harbor Day is not a federal holiday, meaning the government, schools, and businesses do not close.

What Led Up to the Attack?

Though the attack in Pearl Harbor was unexpected, it was not hard to understand, since relations between the U.S. and Japan had been strained for some time.

QUESTIONS: What Led Up to the Attack?

Almost the entire Pacific Fleet was moored at Pearl Harbor, and hundreds of airplanes filled nearby airfields.

The Impact

Though the U.S. Navy suffered a great deal of damage, it was far from crippled.


How did the attitude of the U.S. on entering the war differ from how France and Britain had felt in 1939?

The Infamy Speech

Roosevelt went on to describe how the U.S.'s previously ongoing peaceful negotiations with Japan had been revealed to be duplicitous.

QUESTIONS: The Infamy Speech

Congress granted this request, and the U.S. entered World War II.

Payback Reading Passage

In a test, the B-25 bombers successfully took off from a small aircraft carrier called the Hornet in February of 1942.


Why was it difficult for the U.S. to attack Japan, and what did we do about it?

The USS Arizona

The Arizona was the second and last of the Pennsylvania class of "super-dreadnought" battleships.


Although its superstructure and main armament were recovered and reused to support the war effort, its hull, two gun turrets, and over a thousand crewmen are still sunken in less than 40 feet of water.

The USS Oklahoma Reading Worksheet

The Oklahoma was struck by numerous Japanese torpedoes, which ripped her hull open.

The USS Oklahoma - Short Answer Questions

How do the memorials for the USS Arizona and the USS Oklahoma differ?

A Change to American Life

Prior to Pearl Harbor, only about half the people in America supported the opposition of Hitler.

A Change to American Life - Multiple Choice Questions

The country began to focus all of its available resources on supporting the war effort, and this had an impact on all Americans.


The remains of the USS Arizona and its crew, lost during the Japanese attack, are now the site of the USS Arizona Memorial.

Today - Short Answer

Why do millions of people visit Pearl Harbor each year?