The following questions ask you to use the poem and poster as historical evidence to discover the world of a rookie sailor's life.
1. How does the recruiting poster portray the U.S. Navy?
2. According to the poem, what was life like in the U.S. Navy for a rookie?
3. Why is the poster's message different from the poem's description of life aboard a Navy ship?
4. Using both the poem and the poster, how is the sailor's life different at sea from a life on land?
5. What does this poem tell us about women's and men's roles around 1900?
6. How can a reader use this poem and poster as historical evidence when researching theAmerica of a century ago? Why does the reader need to use caution when interpreting a poem or a recruiting poster?
7. Write your own poem describing an adjustment you have made, such as to a new school, grade, or place. Or, design your own "recruiting" poster to join a club, sport, or activity. We would love to see your poetry, so e-mail your creations to us at: NHHCWebmaster@navy.mil