The purpose of this eLearning system is to introduce you to Che Guevara at a deeper level than his icon status.

Your role is to evaluate the learning system by testing its learning efficacy. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, you will:

  1. Recall Che’s early family history
  2. Recognize Che’s early attraction to leftist ideals and literature
  3. Analyze what sparked Che’s transformation from student to revolutionary
  4. Explain Che’s role in the Cuban Revolution
  5. Determine the harmful effects of imperialism
  6. Evaluate how cycles of violence are repeated to overthrow and obtain power 

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Pre-Assessment Quiz

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Growing Up Che Pt 1

Guevara (left) was the eldest of five children from the marriage of Ernesto Guevara Lynch and Celia de la Serna y Llosa. His siblings were Roberto, Juan Martín, Ana María, and Celia.

Growing Up Che Pt 2

Guevera had severe asthma attacks as a child (and throughout his life). His family moved to a mountain town called Alta Gracia to live in a better climate. Guevara's mother schooled him from home due to his health. The leftist works of Vladimir Lenin and Karl Marx drew young Guevara's interest.


University of Buenos Aires

In 1948, Guevara attended the University of Buenos Aires to study medicine and become a doctor. 

The Trip that Changed Che Pt 1

During the trek, Guevara and Granado traveled into the Amazon rain forest and stayed for three weeks at San Pablo, a leper colony deep in the jungle. They provided free consultations and treated patients.

The Trip that Changed Che Pt 2

In January 1952, Guevara and Granado explored South America on the back of a sputtering, single-cylinder, 1939 Norton 500cc motorbike. They named the bike La Poderosa ("The Mighty One").

The Trip that Changed Che Pt 3

Guevera returned to school in 1953 to finish his medical degree. He then became politically active in Argentina, then in Bolivia and Guatemala. Anti-imperialism through Communism was his message.

The Trip that Changed Che Pt 4

Guevara's trip notes were compiled into a New York Times best-selling book. And later a popular movie.


Meeting Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro (left) and Che Guevara became fast friends upon meeting in Mexico City in 1955. By then, Castro's Cuban Revolution was already two years underway. Guevara would join Castro's revolution.

26th of July Movement

The Batista government received financial and military support from the United States during its reign. Two years after Castro overthrew Batista, and adopted a Communist regime, the U.S. imposed a commercial, economic and financial embargo against Cuba in 1960. Only food and medicine are allowed.

La CabaƱa Prison Fortress

Guevara ordered an estimated 500 executions. Many of the prisoners were part of Batista’s regime. Many more were executed without seeing trial. La Cabaña is now a historical park with public museums.


A Family Man

Despite living the life of a rebel, Guevara married twice.

Guevara and first wife Hilda Gadea (m.1955–1959) had one child: Hilda Beatríz.

Guevara and second wife Aleida March (m.1959–1967) had four children: Aleida Guevara, Camilo Guevara, Celia Guevara and Ernesto Guevara.


Life in Cuba

Guevara was successful as Castro's right-hand man after the success of the Cuban Revolution.

A Man of Many Roles

Che's Last Speech

In what would be his last public speech on the world stage, Guevara spoke at an economic seminar on Afro-Asian solidarity in Algiers in 1965. His theme was one of anti-capitalism and anti-imperialism.


La Higuera, Bolivia

Guevara was captured and executed by the CIA-trained Bolivian army on October 9, 1967, in La Higuera, Bolivia. His hands were cut off to prevent fingerprint identification. His execution was kept secret and he was buried in an unmarked grave to prevent the public from honoring him as a martyr. 

Che's Last Words

“I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man.” - Che Guevara


Defining Image of the 20th Century

Photographer Alberto Korda (left) took the photograph of Guevara called “Guerrillero Heroico.” It became THE defining image of the Twentieth Century. It was captured on March 5, 1960, in Havana, Cuba, at a memorial service for victims of the La Coubre explosion. Guevara was 31 at the time.

Che Lives On

The image of “Guerrillero Heroico” is synonymous with counter-culture and rebellion.


Post-Assessment Quiz

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