The U.S. In World War II

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World War II Quizzes & Trivia

This is an open note quiz on World War II & the U. S. Involvement in it. Please make sure you have everything you think you will need to take the test open before you start, as the test is timed. You will have 40 minutes to take the test.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Why did isolationists believe the United States should avoid becoming involved in European conflicts? 
    • A. 

      American military force was not strong enough for European war.

    • B. 

      War is always bad for the economy.

    • C. 

      United States had blundered into World War I.

  • 2. 
    Which of the following best describes the condition of Europe when America entered the war? 
    • A. 

      The Axis (The Nazis and their allies) controlled three quarters of Europe.

    • B. 

      The Axis (The Nazis and their allies) had just invaded England.

    • C. 

      The Axis (The Nazis and their allies) had taken control of Italy and France.

  • 3. 
    Which of the following was the largest naval operation in world history? 
    • A. 

      The Battle of Stalingrad

    • B. 

      D-Day

    • C. 

      The Battle of the Bulge

  • 4. 
    Which of the following was true about the war in the Pacific? 
    • A. 

      Japan briefly captured Hawaii.

    • B. 

      Japan lost the Battle of Midway.

    • C. 

      Japan was never able to take the Philippines.

  • 5. 
    Which of the following was part of the American government's strategy at home during the war? 
    • A. 

      Ending business subsidies

    • B. 

      The government raised taxes to pay for the war

    • C. 

      Enacting competitive bidding

  • 6. 
    Which of the following is true about African Americans during World War II? 
    • A. 

      The civil rights movement was put on hold during the war.

    • B. 

      Black armed forces members were integrated with whites.

    • C. 

      Blacks worked for “Double V”, victory abroad in the war and at home in civil rights.

  • 7. 
    Which of the following is a common reason given for dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? 
    • A. 

      The bomb would save American lives.

    • B. 

      Japan was on the verge of creating nuclear bombs.

    • C. 

      Japan was readying an attack on American soil.

  • 8. 
    Which of the following describes Germany after the war? 
    • A. 

      Divided into four occupation zones

    • B. 

      The same as before the war

    • C. 

      An independent nation

  • 9. 
    Which of the following statements about the lend-lease bill is correct? 
    • A. 

      The lend-lease program involved the U.S. in an economic war against Germany.

    • B. 

      The lend-lease bill provoked the German attack on Pearl Harbor.

    • C. 

      Both of these statements are correct.

  • 10. 
    What happened at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941? 
    • A. 

      Planes from the Japanese navy attacked the American fleet at anchor in Hawaii.

    • B. 

      American agents in Pearl Harbor, Mexico, intercepted a telegram from the German foreign office to their ambassador in Mexico. The telegram offered to return Texas, California, New Mexico, and Arizona to Mexico if Mexico joined Germany in a war against the United States.

    • C. 

      Submarines from the Germany navy sailed right up to the east coast of the United States and began to sink merchant ships.

  • 11. 
    What was the importance of Stalingrad to the war in Europe?
    • A. 

      This was a desperate Nazi counteroffensive against American forces in France in December 1944. It failed after about six weeks, and the western Allies soon resumed their march into Germany.

    • B. 

      This was a bloody battle deep in Southern Russia in the fall and winter of 1942 and 1943. It was the critical turning point in the war between Germany and the Soviet Union.

    • C. 

      This was the massive invasion of western France by the United States and Great Britain in June, 1944. The Allies then won a series of battles in France and had liberated most of France from Nazi control by September, 1944. This made Germany shift forces from the East to the West and made the Soviet advance toward Germany much easier.

  • 12. 
    What was the importance of the Battle of the Bulge to the war in Europe?
    • A. 

      This was a bloody battle deep in Southern Russia in the fall and winter of 1942 and 1943. It was the critical turning point in the war between Germany and the Soviet Union.

    • B. 

      This was the location of the last summit meeting between FDR, Churchill, and Stalin. The three leaders negotiated the structure of the post-war world, including occupation plans for Germany and the creation of a United Nations after the war. Roosevelt also agreed that Eastern Europe would fall under the Soviet Union's influence in return for Stalin's promise to attack Japan after Germany was defeated.

    • C. 

      This was a desperate Nazi counteroffensive against American forces in France in December 1944. It failed after about six weeks, and the western Allies soon resumed their march into Germany.

  • 13. 
    What was the importance of Yalta to the war in Europe?
    • A. 

      This was the location of the last summit meeting between FDR, Churchill, and Stalin. The three leaders negotiated the structure of the post-war world, including occupation plans for Germany and the creation of a United Nations after the war. Roosevelt also agreed that Eastern Europe would fall under the Soviet Union's influence in return for Stalin's promise to attack Japan after Germany was defeated.

    • B. 

      This was a bloody battle deep in Southern Russia in the fall and winter of 1942 and 1943. It was the critical turning point in the war between Germany and the Soviet Union.

    • C. 

      This was the massive invasion of western France by the United States and Great Britain in June, 1944. The Allies then won a series of battles in France and had liberated most of France from Nazi control by September, 1944. This made Germany shift forces from the East to the West and made the Soviet advance toward Germany much easier.

  • 14. 
    What was the importance of D-day to the war in Europe?
    • A. 

      This was a desperate Nazi counteroffensive against American forces in France in December 1944. It failed after about six weeks, and the western Allies soon resumed their march into Germany.

    • B. 

      This was the massive invasion of western France by the United States and Great Britain in June, 1944. The Allies then won a series of battles in France and had liberated most of France from Nazi control by September, 1944. This made Germany shift forces from the East to the West and made the Soviet advance toward Germany much easier.

    • C. 

      This was a bloody battle deep in Southern Russia in the fall and winter of 1942 and 1943. It was the critical turning point in the war between Germany and the Soviet Union.

  • 15. 
    What was the "Double V" campaign? 
    • A. 

      The African-American struggle for civil rights during World War II was organized around the "double V", victory for democracy at home and abroad.

    • B. 

      Women who joined the armed forces during World War II used "Verve and Vitality" as their motto. Even though they were barred from combat, they could still perform vital services.

    • C. 

      Because the United States only had two working atomic bombs there was a debate about how best to use them, or if they should be used at all. "Double V" was the plan to drop both weapons close together in order to bluff Japan into thinking that the United States had many more bombs than it really did.

  • 16. 
     What was the importance of Midway to the war in the Pacific?
    • A. 

      This Japanese port city was devastated by an atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. A few days later another bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. Soon afterwards, Japan surrendered.

    • B. 

      This major naval battle in June1942 was the turning point in the War in the Pacific. After Midway, the U.S. Navy held the upper hand, and that advantage increased as American industry shifted over to war.

    • C. 

      This was the island where U.S. Marines began the allied counter-offensive against Japan in the fall of 1942.

  • 17. 
    What was the importance of Guadalcanal to the war in the Pacific?
    • A. 

      This was the island where U.S. Marines began the allied counter-offensive against Japan in the fall of 1942.

    • B. 

      This tiny island was invaded by the United States to support American bombing of Japanese cities. The ferocious Japanese defence of this island and the much larger island of Okinawa convinced American generals that an invasion of the Japanese mainland would be incredibly bloody.

    • C. 

      This major naval battle in June1942 was the turning point in the War in the Pacific. After Midway, the U.S. Navy held the upper hand, and that advantage increased as American industry shifted over to war.

  • 18. 
    What was the importance of Hiroshima to the war in the Pacific?
    • A. 

      This tiny island was invaded by the United States to support American bombing of Japanese cities. The ferocious Japanese defence of this island and the much larger island of Okinawa convinced American generals that an invasion of the Japanese mainland would be incredibly bloody.

    • B. 

      This was the island where U.S. Marines began the allied counter-offensive against Japan in the fall of 1942.

    • C. 

      This Japanese port city was devastated by an atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. A few days later another bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. Soon afterwards, Japan surrendered.

  • 19. 
    What was the importance of Iwo Jima to the war in the Pacific?
    • A. 

      This tiny island was invaded by the United States to support American bombing of Japanese cities. The ferocious Japanese defence of this island and the much larger island of Okinawa convinced American generals that an invasion of the Japanese mainland would be incredibly bloody.

    • B. 

      This major naval battle in June1942 was the turning point in the War in the Pacific. After Midway, the U.S. Navy held the upper hand, and that advantage increased as American industry shifted over to war.

    • C. 

      This Japanese port city was devastated by an atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. A few days later another bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. Soon afterwards, Japan surrendered.

  • 20. 
    Which of the following was not a reason for President Truman's decision to use atomic weapons on Japan? 
    • A. 

      Truman was afraid that if he did not use the atomic bomb, some other country would.

    • B. 

      American generals warned that an invasion of Japan could result in over 250,000 Allied casualties.

    • C. 

      President Truman wanted to end the war in the Pacific without relying on Soviet aid.

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