"Crazy Train" Constructed Response


"One communist, one communist in the faculty of one university is one communist too many. One communist among the American advisors at Yalta was one communist too many. And even...even if there were only one communist in the State Department, even if there were only one communist in the State Department that would still be one communist too many."

      ~Senator Joe McCarthy


"In the Soviet Union and in America the Cold War was fought by fear...Both sides turned their fear inwards against their own people. They hunted the enemy within."

   ~Narrator, Episode 6: Reds. CNN Series; Cold War


1) What is a Cold War and which two nations were involved in this conflict?

2) According to the quote, what was Senator McCarthy most afraid of? What term refers to this period of great fear in the United States?

3) Identify and describe President Truman's foreign policy to deal with the threat of communism following World War II.

4) Explain the meaning of the second quote. Does the narrator support the views of Senator McCarthy? Explain.

5) Compare and contrast the message of the song Crazy Train with the ideas expressed by Senator McCarthy. Does the singer agree with the views of the Senator? Explain


Crazy Train
By Ozzy Osbourne


Crazy, but that's how it goes
Millions of people living as foes
Maybe it's not too late
To learn how to love
And forget how to hate
Mental wounds not healing
Life's a bitter shame
I'm going off the rails on a crazy train

I've listened to preachers
I've listened to fools
I've watched all the dropouts
Who make their own rules
One person conditioned to rule and control
The media sells it and you live the role
Mental wounds still screaming
Driving me insane
I'm going off the rails on a crazy train

I know that things are going wrong for me
You gotta listen to my words
Heirs of a cold war
That's what we've become
Inheriting troubles I'm mentally numb
Crazy, I just cannot bear
I'm living with something that just isn't fair
Mental wounds not healing
Who and what's to blame
I'm going off the rails on a crazy train



Blizzard of OZZ (c) 1980

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