Causes Of World War I

17 Questions | Total Attempts: 50

World War I Quizzes & Trivia

This is a formative assessment that is designed to assess your understanding of the causes of World War I from the late 19th century to 1914 when war broke out.

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Who forged (made) the first alliance and why was he so keen to ally with Austria-Hungary and Russia?
  • 2. 
    In the early 1870s the French hated the new German state? Why?
  • 3. 
    What two alliance systems existed in 1914 at the outbreak of World War I? Give the names of the alliances as well as the member nations.
  • 4. 
    How did the system of alliances help contribute to the outbreak of World War I?
  • 5. 
    Define the term 'militarism'.
  • 6. 
    What was the naval race in the lead up to World War I and who were the two main 'competitors'?
  • 7. 
    Why did Germany want a powerful navy?
  • 8. 
    What is 'imperialism'? Define the term using your own words.
  • 9. 
    How was imperialism a cause of World War I?
  • 10. 
    Define 'nationalism' in your own words.
  • 11. 
    Which part of Europe was called a "nationalistic hot spot" and who was the main sabre rattler in this part?
  • 12. 
    When was the First Balkan Crisis and what was the dispute about? Write a short paragraph explaining what happened.
  • 13. 
    What effect did the two Moroccan crises have on the relationship between the powers of Europe?
  • 14. 
    Why did Gavrilo Princip assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28th June 1914?
  • 15. 
    The period after the assassination is often known as the "July Crisis". What did this crisis involve?
  • 16. 
    Explain the role Germany's "blank cheque" played in the July Crisis. Why has Germany been criticised for issuing this blank cheque?
  • 17. 
    Some have claimed that war was inevitable by 1914. How far do you agree with this statement?
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