Germany, The First World War And The Weimar Republic

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Germany, The First World War  And The Weimar Republic - Quiz


Quiz on the reading from Allan Todd textbook pg. 104-107


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    At the end of WWI, German people were fully aware that they were losing the war.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Because of propaganda during the war, most people believed that Germany was winning the war.

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  • 2. 

    The winter of 1916-1917 was known as the 'turnip winter' because of the food shortages and the fact that many survived on hardy turnips because the potato crop failed.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The explanation for the given correct answer is that during the winter of 1916-1917, there were food shortages and the potato crop failed. As a result, many people had to rely on turnips as a hardy food source to survive. This is why the winter of 1916-1917 became known as the 'turnip winter'.

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  • 3. 

    An influenza epidemic killed many cilivilians and soldiers in Germany at the end of the war.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    During World War I, an influenza epidemic known as the Spanish flu spread across the globe, including Germany. This deadly virus infected millions of people and caused widespread death and illness. Given that the question states that the epidemic occurred at the end of the war, it is reasonable to assume that many civilians and soldiers in Germany were indeed affected and killed by the influenza outbreak. Therefore, the answer "True" is an accurate statement based on historical context.

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  • 4. 

    Negotiations for peace would have been much earlier if the Kaiser had been willing to share power with the Reichstag, but he was not.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that if the Kaiser had been willing to share power with the Reichstag, negotiations for peace would have started earlier. This implies that the Kaiser's unwillingness to share power delayed the peace negotiations. Therefore, the answer "True" indicates that the statement is correct.

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  • 5. 

    Mutiners in ___ were together imitating the Bolsheviks in Russia as workers striking.

    • A.

      Bulgaria

    • B.

      Berlin

    • C.

      Kiel

    Correct Answer
    C. Kiel
    Explanation
    Mutineers in Kiel were together imitating the Bolsheviks in Russia as workers striking. This suggests that the correct answer is Kiel.

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  • 6. 

    Check the box of the two matching party and leader who led the Center-left provisional government after the abducation of the throne by Kaiser Wilhelm II.

    • A.

      Social Democratic Party, Stresemann

    • B.

      Social Democratic PArty,Friedrich Ebert

    • C.

      Social Democratic PArty, Count Brockdorff

    Correct Answer
    B. Social Democratic PArty,Friedrich Ebert
    Explanation
    After the abdication of Kaiser Wilhelm II, the Center-left provisional government was led by the Social Democratic Party under the leadership of Friedrich Ebert.

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  • 7. 

    Who were the 'November Criminals'?

    • A.

      The French politicians who signed the ToV

    • B.

      The Italian politicians who signed the ToV

    • C.

      The Austria-Hungarian politicians who signed the ToV

    • D.

      The German politicians who signed the ToV

    Correct Answer
    D. The German politicians who signed the ToV
    Explanation
    The term "November Criminals" refers to the German politicians who signed the Treaty of Versailles (ToV). After World War I, Germany was held responsible for the war and its consequences. The ToV imposed harsh terms on Germany, including significant territorial losses and reparations payments. Many Germans felt that the politicians who signed the treaty had betrayed the country and blamed them for the economic and political turmoil that followed. The term "November Criminals" was used to express this sentiment and to criticize the perceived weakness and capitulation of the German government.

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  • 8. 

    Most Germans did not feel that the Treaty of Versailles was a diktat.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    They felt that it was an unfair diktat handed to them. They had no voice in the negotiation process and they had no say in the terms. If they refused, it meant more war.

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  • 9. 

    Among other things like loss of land, colonies, and denied rights of Germans' self-determination, Germany had to pay 6600 million pounds in reparations.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Germany did indeed have to pay 6600 million pounds in reparations after World War I. This was one of the consequences imposed on Germany by the Treaty of Versailles, which aimed to hold Germany responsible for the war and to compensate the Allied powers for the damages caused. The reparations were a significant burden on the German economy and contributed to the economic crisis and political instability in the country during the 1920s.

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  • 10. 

    The Weimar Constitution was set up to defy the ToV.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    It was set up as a result of the ToV as a part of the demands that Germany be a more democratic nation.

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  • 11. 

    The Weimar Republic got its name from the food politiclans ate while setting up agreements.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    It is named after the town of Weimar where it was set up because Berlin was over-run with fighting.

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  • 12. 

    The Weimar was set up with proportional representation, giving small parties a place in the Reichstag.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The Weimar Republic, established in Germany after World War I, indeed implemented a system of proportional representation. This meant that the number of seats a political party would receive in the Reichstag (the German parliament) was directly proportional to the number of votes they received. This allowed smaller parties to have representation in the government, as their votes would still count towards the allocation of seats. This system aimed to promote inclusivity and prevent the dominance of a single party, giving voice to a diverse range of political perspectives. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 13. 

    Article 48 allowed for the Prime Minister, appointed by the President, to declare a state of emergency and rule by issuing decrees that did not have to be approved by the Reichstag.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    It allowed for the elected President to do this.

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  • 14. 

    One of the small parties that won seats in the Reichstag was the Sparticists, a Bolshevik-type group. This greatly alarmed Ebert because it had extreme left-leanings and was revolting in Berlin.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because it states that the Sparticists, a Bolshevik-type group, won seats in the Reichstag. It also mentions that this alarmed Ebert because the Sparticists had extreme left-leanings and were revolting in Berlin. This suggests that the Sparticists' presence in the Reichstag and their actions in Berlin were a cause for concern, indicating that the statement is indeed true.

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  • 15. 

    The para-military group did little to stop the revolt, and many leaders of the Sparticists became leaders in the Reichstag.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The leaders were murdered by the para-military Freikorps to stop the revolt in Berlin. The survivors of this revolt formed the GErman Communist Party

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  • 16. 

    The 'November Criminals' were eventually set free and held positions in the Reichstag.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The November Criminals, like Rathenau, were murdered.

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  • 17. 

    Captain Wolfgang Kapp led a coup, or a Putsch, to overthrow the government in Berlin. He had the sympathy of some of the police corps, and yet was defeated because of a general strike by the workers of Berlin.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Captain Wolfgang Kapp did lead a coup, known as a Putsch, to overthrow the government in Berlin. He had the support of certain police corps, but his attempt was ultimately unsuccessful due to a general strike led by the workers of Berlin. This strike paralyzed the city and prevented Kapp from gaining control, resulting in his defeat. Therefore, the statement "True" accurately reflects the events surrounding the coup attempt and its outcome.

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  • 18. 

    The 'Red Rising' occured in the Ruhr Valley by the right-wing party.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The Red Rising was led by communist organizations.

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  • 19. 

    French and Belgian troups invaded the Ruhr, Germany's richest industrial area, when Germany could not pay their second reparation fee.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The explanation for the given correct answer is that after World War I, Germany was required to pay reparations to the Allied powers as part of the Treaty of Versailles. However, due to economic hardships and inflation, Germany struggled to meet these financial obligations. As a result, French and Belgian troops invaded the Ruhr in 1923 to seize goods and resources as compensation. The Ruhr was Germany's richest industrial area, and this invasion further exacerbated Germany's economic crisis. Therefore, the statement that French and Belgian troops invaded the Ruhr when Germany could not pay their second reparation fee is true.

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  • 20. 

    Because the German government tried to fix the economic problems by printing more money, this led to rapid hyperinflation, making German money eventually worthless.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because during the Weimar Republic in Germany, the government resorted to printing more money as a solution to economic problems. This excessive printing of money led to hyperinflation, where the value of the German currency rapidly decreased. As a result, German money became worthless, causing significant economic turmoil and hardship for the people.

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