Watch the Movie “When The Mountains Tremble” and respond to the following questions. (Will provide movie link)
INCLUDE INTRODUCTION. Each question has it’s own paragraph.
- What was the “Ten Years of Spring” (1944-1954)? Which factor(s) would you consider more important in causing the U.S. to become concerned during this era: the United Fruit Company or fear of communism?
- How did Guatemalan officials use terror to force the people to “behave?” Provide several examples from throughout the film.
- How do the Guatemalan officials use the indigenous culture? What is the reality for the indigenous people? Provide examples.
- Why does the government label people as subversive? Who are they really?
- According to the film, “Declassified Message” and “Memory of Fire,” what were the underlying factors that led to U.S. involvement in the 1954 overthrow of Guatemala’s president, Jacobo Árbenz?
- Were internal or external factors more important in Árbenz’s downfall?
- What was Guatemala’s civil war, and how is Árbenz’s overthrow related to this tragic time in history?
- Overall, how would you rate this film as an historical source?
May use outside research if cited. Follow rubric guidelines attached.
Response Paper Rubric
Papers are due Sundays by 11:59PM. Although only 1-2 pages long, your response papers should include the following:
Introduction (20 pts)
1) Your introduction should provide the title of the film and its country of origin, and readings you will discuss.
2) The introduction should describe the type of film you viewed; for example, documentary, animated feature, fictional narrative.
3) Your introduction also will include the thesis—or main argument—of the film.
Body of Paper (40 pts)
1) You should address each of the response paper prompts in the body of your paper.
2) This section also will utilize the primary source(s).
Conclusion (20 pts)
1) In your conclusion you will provide your analysis of the film as an historical source.
2) You also will sum up your paper.
Overall Guidelines (20 pts)
1) Your paper should be well-written, with topic sentences and free from misspellings
and other grammar issues. Remember: your paper should be 1 page long, but no more than 1 page.