You have four possible identities for this web quest.
1. Battle Reporter. The year is 1914. You are a reporter for a prominent American Newspaper. You have traveled to England to write as a war battle correspondent, observing what is being called “The War to End All Wars” and you are putting together an expositional story to bring the United States public up to speed on the key battles of the war.
2. Spy. The year is 1917. You are Dr. Constantin T. Dumba, a respected doctor from Austria-Hungary. You are the ambassador to the United States and reside there for much of the year. You are welcome in Washington D.C., the capitol of the United States. The U.S. has recently joined up with the enemy and it looks like they might prove to be a commanding force in the effort to destroy your family’s allies. Little do they realize that you are a spy! You plan to use your access to the United States to gauge their ability to pose a threat against your side in “The Great War” and the opinions of the Americans towards the war. Send correspondence home to Austria to feed information about America’s war effort and capabilities.
3. Assassin. The year is 1914. You are Gavrilo Princip. You are a member of the Black Hand in Serbia. You have been apprehended for the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand. With a gun to your head, you are being forced out your confession of guilt. In your confession, explain why you felt the assassination was necessary. Explain about the political tensions of the past few years and why there were tensions to begin with. You feel that it is necessary to expose the Black Hand, so explain who they are about.
4. Weapons Reporter. The year is 1914. You are a reporter for a prominent American Newspaper. You have traveled to England to write as a war correspondent, observing the weapons in what is being called “The War to End All Wars” and you are putting together an expositional story to bring the United States. Describe the weapons and landscape that you see on your way home and make insights into the destruction caused by technology.