The United States Enters World War I

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  • 1. 

    The United States entered World War I in ______. 

    • A.

      1914

    • B.

      1915

    • C.

      1917

    • D.

      1920

    Correct Answer
    C. 1917
    Explanation
    In 1917, the United States entered World War I. Prior to this, the United States had remained neutral, but a combination of factors led to their involvement. These factors included Germany's unrestricted submarine warfare, the sinking of the Lusitania, and the Zimmerman Telegram. The United States saw these actions as threats to their national security and decided to join the war effort on the side of the Allies. Their entry into the war had a significant impact on the outcome and helped tip the scales in favor of the Allies.

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  • 2. 

    Events that led up to the U.S. entering the war included ______. 

    • A.

      Germany sinking the Lusitania.

    • B.

      German submarine blockade of British ships.

    • C.

      The Zimmerman telegram

    • D.

      All of the answer choices are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the answer choices are correct
    Explanation
    The events that led up to the U.S. entering the war included Germany sinking the Lusitania, the German submarine blockade of British ships, and the Zimmerman telegram. All of these events played a significant role in pushing the U.S. towards entering the war. The sinking of the Lusitania, a British passenger ship, by a German submarine in 1915 resulted in the loss of American lives and increased anti-German sentiment in the U.S. The German submarine blockade of British ships also affected American interests and trade. Lastly, the Zimmerman telegram, a secret communication from Germany to Mexico proposing an alliance against the U.S., further fueled American public opinion in favor of entering the war.

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  • 3. 

    Who was the U.S. President that declared war on Germany?

    • A.

      Theodore Roosevelt

    • B.

      Woodrow Wilson

    • C.

      Franklin D. Roosevelt

    • D.

      Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Correct Answer
    B. Woodrow Wilson
    Explanation
    Woodrow Wilson was the U.S. President who declared war on Germany. He served as the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921. Wilson declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, in response to Germany's unrestricted submarine warfare and the sinking of American merchant ships. This decision ultimately led the United States to enter World War I. Wilson played a significant role in shaping the post-war world through his efforts to establish the League of Nations and promote his Fourteen Points for peace.

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  • 4. 

    What was the German blockade of Great Britain? 

    • A.

      When Germany invaded Great Britain

    • B.

      Germany prevented ships from traveling to Britain

    • C.

      Germany joined forces with the British navy

    • D.

      America joined forces with the British navy

    Correct Answer
    B. Germany prevented ships from traveling to Britain
    Explanation
    During World War I, the German blockade of Great Britain was an attempt by Germany to prevent ships from traveling to Britain. This blockade aimed to cut off supplies and resources to the British, weakening their ability to continue the war. Germany used submarines to sink merchant ships and disrupt trade routes, causing significant economic and logistical challenges for Britain. This blockade was one of the key strategies employed by Germany in their efforts to gain an advantage over Great Britain during the war.

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  • 5. 

    The German submarine blockade affected the U.S. economy because ______. 

    • A.

      It made it illegal for Americans to travel to Europe.

    • B.

      It prevented trade with Great Britain

    • C.

      It prevented trade with Mexico

    • D.

      Made it illegal to travel by ship

    Correct Answer
    B. It prevented trade with Great Britain
    Explanation
    During World War I, the German submarine blockade aimed to prevent supplies from reaching Great Britain. This blockade effectively cut off trade between the United States and Great Britain, as German submarines attacked and sank many American and British ships. As a result, the lack of trade with Great Britain negatively impacted the U.S. economy, leading to a decline in exports and economic hardship for American businesses.

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  • 6. 

    What was the Zimmerman Telegram?

    • A.

      A telegram from Germany instructing the German ambassador in the U.S. to invite Mexico to join the war on Germany's side.

    • B.

      A telegram from Great Britain warning the U.S. president that Germany was going to invite Mexico to join the war on Germany's side.

    • C.

      A telegram from the United States warning Mexico's president that Germany had asked the United States to join the war on Germany's side to take over Mexico.

    • D.

      A telegram from the United States warning Mexico's president that Germany had asked the United States to join the war on Germany's side to take over Mexico.

    Correct Answer
    A. A telegram from Germany instructing the German ambassador in the U.S. to invite Mexico to join the war on Germany's side.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is a telegram from Germany instructing the German ambassador in the U.S. to invite Mexico to join the war on Germany's side. This explanation accurately describes the content of the Zimmerman Telegram, which was a communication from Germany to Mexico during World War I. The telegram proposed a military alliance between Germany and Mexico, with the intention of diverting American attention and resources away from Europe. This message played a significant role in shaping public opinion and ultimately led to the United States entering the war against Germany.

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  • 7. 

    Why did Germany sink the Lusitania?

    • A.

      The Lusitania had torpedoed German battleships

    • B.

      The Lusitania was smuggling ammunition to Great Britain

    • C.

      The Lusitania was in German controlled seas

    • D.

      The Lusitania was carrying British spies

    Correct Answer
    B. The Lusitania was smuggling ammunition to Great Britain
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that the Lusitania was smuggling ammunition to Great Britain. This explanation suggests that Germany sank the Lusitania because they believed it was carrying ammunition to aid the enemy, Great Britain, during World War I. This action was seen as a strategic move by Germany to disrupt British supply lines and weaken their military capabilities.

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  • 8. 

    What reason did Woodrow Wilson give the American people for declaring war against Germany?

    • A.

      We must make the world safe for democracy

    • B.

      There is such a thing as a man being too proud to fight.

    • C.

      The Germans are fierce barbarians that need to be stopped.

    • D.

      We have an alliance with Great Britain and they need our help now.

    Correct Answer
    A. We must make the world safe for democracy
    Explanation
    Woodrow Wilson gave the American people the reason of making the world safe for democracy as the justification for declaring war against Germany. This implies that Wilson believed that by entering the war, the United States would be able to protect and promote democratic values globally.

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  • 9. 

    Which of the following choices from the reading is an example of American Militarism?

    • A.

      The U.S. wanted to stay out of war if at all possible.

    • B.

      The U.S. continued to trade with Britain even though Germany torpedoed American ships.

    • C.

      The U.S. government used propaganda to change people's minds about going to war.

    • D.

      The U.S. started building up their army, navy, and reserve forces.

    Correct Answer
    D. The U.S. started building up their army, navy, and reserve forces.
    Explanation
    The choice "The U.S. started building up their army, navy, and reserve forces" is an example of American militarism because it demonstrates a proactive effort by the U.S. government to strengthen its military capabilities. This action suggests a readiness for potential military conflicts and reflects a belief in the importance of military power in achieving national goals. It indicates a shift towards a more aggressive and interventionist foreign policy, which aligns with the concept of American militarism.

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  • 10. 

    From the reading, you can infer that the word "isolationism" means _____________________.

    • A.

      Bringing attention to reasons why a nation should declare war.

    • B.

      Attempting to exclude a nation from forming relationships or alliances with other nations.

    • C.

      Being content with things are and wanting to stay out of war.

    • D.

      Stopping ships from entering areas of war at sea.

    Correct Answer
    C. Being content with things are and wanting to stay out of war.
    Explanation
    The correct answer for this question is "being content with things are and wanting to stay out of war." This can be inferred from the definition of isolationism, which refers to a policy or belief of remaining apart from the affairs or interests of other groups, especially the political affairs of other countries. Isolationism is characterized by a desire to avoid involvement in foreign conflicts and to focus on internal affairs instead.

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