Great War Quiz

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  • 1. 
    What were the 4 MAIN long term causes of the Great War?
    • A. 

      Militarism, Assassination, Imperialism, Nationalism

    • B. 

      Militarism, Arms Race, Imperialism, Naval Race

    • C. 

      Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism, Naval Race

    • D. 

      Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism, Nationalism

  • 2. 
    Which country made the first declaration of war?
    • A. 

      Serbia

    • B. 

      Austria-Hungary

    • C. 

      Russia

    • D. 

      Germany

  • 3. 
    In what city was Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassinated?
    • A. 

      Belgrade

    • B. 

      Vienna

    • C. 

      Sophia

    • D. 

      Sarajevo

  • 4. 
    Germany’s attack upon which country directly provoked Britain to go to war?
    • A. 

      France

    • B. 

      Italy

    • C. 

      The United States of America

    • D. 

      Belgium

  • 5. 
    Which reason why the Schlieffen Plan failed is incorrect?
    • A. 

      Russia attacked Germany's eastern front

    • B. 

      Italy switched sides and joined the Allies (Triple Entente)

    • C. 

      Belgium fought better than expected and slowed down the German attack

    • D. 

      The BEF quickly reached France & Belgium and helped hold back the German army

  • 6. 
      How is the western front in World War I best characterized?
    • A. 

      A stagnant war fought from trenches, with neither side gaining or losing much ground in spite of huge casualties

    • B. 

      One of the shortest wars of the twentieth century

    • C. 

      The first war front in history dominated by air power

    • D. 

      A mostly inactive front, along which both sides took a primarily defensive stance, resulting in relatively few casualties

  • 7. 
    A war of attrition is defined as
    • A. 

      A war in which both sides periodically exchange prisoners and then continue fighting

    • B. 

      A war that is ended by a single crushing strike

    • C. 

      A war that is won by cutting off the enemy’s supply line

    • D. 

      A war in which victory is determined not by which side seizes the most territory but by which side loses the most men

  • 8. 
    What was the name of the civilian ship to be sunk by a German submarine in 1915 that upset the USA but did not directly lead to them joining the war against Germany yet?
    • A. 

      Halifax

    • B. 

      Titanic

    • C. 

      Lusitania

    • D. 

      Kremlin

  • 9. 
    Which group  of Canadians were generally not enthusiastic about the war?
    • A. 

      British immigrants

    • B. 

      German-Ukrainian Canadians

    • C. 

      French Canadians

    • D. 

      English Canadians

  • 10. 
    To say that the Battle of the Somme did not go very well for the Allies would be an understatement. Which of these divisions or regions of Canada still remembers July 1st as a dark and mournful day?
    • A. 

      First Nations reservations

    • B. 

      Quebec

    • C. 

      The GTA (Great Toronto Area)

    • D. 

      Newfoundland

  • 11. 
    Which of these distinctions can be attributed to Billy Bishop?
    • A. 

      Shot down the Red Baron

    • B. 

      Canada's top WW1 flying ace

    • C. 

      Recipient of the most Victoria Crosses

    • D. 

      Highest ranking Canadian in the British Army

  • 12. 
    The Battle of Vimy Ridge can be most attributed to this Canadian soldier:
    • A. 

      Arthur Currie

    • B. 

      Julian Byng

    • C. 

      Roy Brown

    • D. 

      John McCrae

  • 13. 
    With war weariness growing and the number of volunteers dropping, Prime Minister Robert Borden introduced conscription as an election issue in 1917. How did Borden succeed in winning the election when so many Canadians resented the idea of conscription?
    • A. 

      He exempted Quebec and French-Canadians from conscription

    • B. 

      He allowed women who had relatives already serving in the military to vote

    • C. 

      He promised to resign as soon as the war was over

    • D. 

      He cancelled the election and declared himself King of Canada and did as he pleased.

  • 14. 
    Which Canadian politician fought hard to stop conscription in 1917?
    • A. 

      Wilfrid Laurier

    • B. 

      Sam Hughes

    • C. 

      Henri Bourassa

    • D. 

      Nellie McClung

  • 15. 
    The Canadian made Ross rifle was loathed by the Canadian Expeditionary Force.  It was eventually replaced by the British Lee-Enfield rifle.  Who was the big supporter of the Ross rifle?
    • A. 

      Arthur Currie

    • B. 

      Julian Byng

    • C. 

      Robert Borden

    • D. 

      Sam Hughes

  • 16. 
    Which Canadian battle was described as a great victory, the birth of a nation, lasted a mere 4 days, had over 10,000 casualties, and had all four Canadian divisions fighting together?
    • A. 

      Ypres

    • B. 

      Vimy Ridge

    • C. 

      Somme

    • D. 

      Passchendaele

  • 17. 
    Which of the four major Canadian battles did men fight in mud knee-deep and many men drowned in the shell craters?
    • A. 

      Ypres

    • B. 

      Vimy Ridge

    • C. 

      Somme

    • D. 

      Passchendaele

  • 18. 
    Why did Canada join the First World War?
    • A. 

      Germany declared war on Canada first

    • B. 

      Every country was involved

    • C. 

      Canada's foreign policy was still under British control

    • D. 

      Canada thought they could at least defeat Italy by itself

  • 19. 
    How were Canadian women involved in the war?
    • A. 

      Some were overseas nurses

    • B. 

      All of the above

    • C. 

      Some drove trucks, ambulances

    • D. 

      Some worked in munition factories and farms

  • 20. 
    What did the Canadian soldiers do to protect themselves from the German chlorine attack at the Battle of Ypres?
    • A. 

      Gas masks

    • B. 

      They retreated

    • C. 

      Handkerchiefs soaked in urine

    • D. 

      Used shovels to dig holes to hid in

  • 21. 
    In which province did the Halifax explosion take place?
    • A. 

      Nova Scotia

    • B. 

      Prince Edward Island

    • C. 

      Newfoundland

    • D. 

      New Brunswick

  • 22. 
    Approximately how many people died as a result of the Halifax explosion?
    • A. 

      500

    • B. 

      1,500

    • C. 

      2,000

    • D. 

      20,000