Basic World War II Quiz

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  • 1. 
    What was the treaty that ended WWI that laid some of the unrest that would later explode into WWII?
    • A. 

      Geneva Conference

    • B. 

      Treaty of Versailles

    • C. 

      Paris Peace Accords

    • D. 

      Treaty of Brest-Litovsk


  • 2. 
    Hitler became the essential dictator of Germany in which decade?
    • A. 

      1920s

    • B. 

      1950s

    • C. 

      1940s

    • D. 

      1930s


  • 3. 
    What war during the 1930s greatly influenced the development of military tactics that were used in WWII?
    • A. 

      The Spanish-American War

    • B. 

      The Boer War

    • C. 

      The Spanish Civil War

    • D. 

      The Korean War


  • 4. 
    What was the last major attempt at a peaceful resolution with Germany prior to the outbreak of WWII?
    • A. 

      The Munich Conference

    • B. 

      The 1936 Olympic Conferences

    • C. 

      The Washington Naval Conference

    • D. 

      The Geneva Convention


  • 5. 
    What event began World War II?
    • A. 

      Pearl Harbor

    • B. 

      Assassination of Arch Duke Ferdinand

    • C. 

      Invasion of Poland

    • D. 

      Battle of Britain


  • 6. 
    This was a line of fortifications across the French border with Germany.
    • A. 

      The Siegfried Line

    • B. 

      The Maginot Line

    • C. 

      The Stalin Line

    • D. 

      The Verdun Line


  • 7. 
    The British Expeditionary Force was made to evacuate France in 1940 through the French port of
    • A. 

      Calais

    • B. 

      Le Rochelle

    • C. 

      Antwerp

    • D. 

      Dunkirke


  • 8. 
    The Battle of Britain consisted of
    • A. 

      A Sea-borne landing operation

    • B. 

      Unrestricted submarine warfare

    • C. 

      Strategic bombing campaign

    • D. 

      The largest tank battles in history


  • 9. 
    Who was the leader of the Soviet Union during World War II?
    • A. 

      Lenin

    • B. 

      Trotsky

    • C. 

      Stalin

    • D. 

      Khruschev


  • 10. 
    The decisive city battle of the Eastern European Front was
    • A. 

      Kursk

    • B. 

      Stalingrad

    • C. 

      Kharkov

    • D. 

      Kiev


  • 11. 
    When did Pearl Harbor occur?
    • A. 

      December 7th, 1942

    • B. 

      December 11th, 1941

    • C. 

      December 7th, 1941

    • D. 

      December 8th 1940


  • 12. 
    What was the most significant early U.S. victory in the Pacific theatre?
    • A. 

      Battle of the Coral Sea

    • B. 

      Wake Island

    • C. 

      Iwo Jima

    • D. 

      Midway


  • 13. 
    True or False: The Japanese never occupied U.S. Territory.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 14. 
    Who was the commanding general of the German Afrika Korps nicknamed 'The Desert Fox'?
    • A. 

      Rommel

    • B. 

      Von Manstein

    • C. 

      Von Rundtsted

    • D. 

      Goering


  • 15. 
    The firebombing of this German town was a major civillian tragedy during the war.
    • A. 

      Dusseldorf

    • B. 

      Dresden

    • C. 

      Stutgaart

    • D. 

      Frankfurt


  • 16. 
    The main Axis powers of WWII consisted of
    • A. 

      Germany, Russia, Japan

    • B. 

      Germany, Italy, Romania

    • C. 

      Germany, Finland, Japan

    • D. 

      Germany, Italy, Japan


  • 17. 
    The term "D-Day" refers to
    • A. 

      The Allied invasion of the coast of Normandy

    • B. 

      The Allied Invasion of Southern France

    • C. 

      The Allied Invasion of Italy

    • D. 

      The Soviet Invasion of Germany


  • 18. 
    The Battle of the Bulge refers to
    • A. 

      The American breakout through the hedgerow country

    • B. 

      The Cherkassy Bulge

    • C. 

      The German summer counteroffensive at Kursk

    • D. 

      The German winter counteroffensive on the Western Front


  • 19. 
    The aftermath of WWII led directly to the collapse of Imperialism and the self-determination of former colonies.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


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