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Part A: Multiple choice test

1) What effect did the war have on the use of public transport?

One answer only.
   Public transport was used a great deal more
   Public transport was used less
   There was no change in the level of use of public transport
   Private cars replaced public transport

2) Compare the cost of train travel between Perth and Sydney in 1945. You can conclude that

One answer only.
   Train travel was a little cheaper than air travel
   Train travel was more expensive than air travel
   Train travel cost the same as air travel
   Train travel was a lot cheaper than air travel

3) What evidence can you find in the picture of the Dodge car in 1943 that the owner was determined to keep it on the road regardless of petrol rationing?

One answer only.
   The car is up on blocks
   The car has a charcoal burner
   The car has new tyres
   The car looks like it was only used occasionally

4) Examine the table of car ownership from 1939 to 1948. Compare motor vehicle ownership in Western Australia (WA) with the Northern Territory (NT) and with the more populous state of New South Wales (NSW). For the period 1939 to 1948 one could say that

One answer only.
   Proportionately more West Australians than Territorians owned cars.
   Proportionately more West Australians than New South Welshmen or Territorians owned cars.
   Proportionately less West Australians than New South Welshmen owned cars.
   Proportionately more Territorians and West Australians than New South Welshmen owned cars.

5) A possible reason for this pattern of car ownership is

One answer only.
   The vast distances in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
   People in Western Australia and the Northern Territory were wealthier than people in NSW.
   Western Australia and the Northern Territory had better public transport.
   New South Welshmen were frightened of driving cars.

6) What evidence is there that air travel in Western Australia was still in its infancy at the end of WWII?

One answer only.
   There were only 3 air services per week to the Eastern States
   Perth airport was unable to handle international traffic.
   Perth airport had two runways but no terminal in 1944.
   All of the above.

7) Which of the following statements suggests that travelling by sea was still a big event in the post war years?

One answer only.
   Well wishers dressed up and came in great numbers to say farewell to travellers.
   The boat was linked to the quay with party streamers and everyone sang ‘Old Lang Syne’ as the boat departed.
   Travelling by sea was the preference of the rich and considered a very stylish way to travel.
   All of the above.

This test has been created using the CASTLE Toolkit


Part B: Short answer section

1. You have been asked to write some materials on transport for a new history of Western Australia dealing with the war years.

Choose three of the transport categories below and write a dot point summary of the things you would say about each in the war years.

  • Cars
  • Buses
  • Urban rail transport
  • Interstate rail transport
  • Sea transport
  • Air transport

Compare your dot points with these sample answers.

Compare your answer
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Urban rail
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Interstate rail
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Sea transport
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Air transport

2. As a travel agent, you have been asked to present a talk to a group of prospective travellers who want to know the advantages and disadvantages of train, air and sea travel to Adelaide in 1947.

In your talk, compare and contrast the figures for first class travel by each of these means, citing distances, costs, length of journey in days and level of comfort.

Compare your talk with this sample one Compare your answer

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