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This is a twenty question quiz testing your knowledge on the information you have read on this website regarding 1914. The quiz will be timed, you have 5 mintues to answer each question. Hopefully you have read all the information on the website, the information on the site is more detailed than the notes in class so please read it carefully. Good Luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The assassination of this man caused a chain reaction leading to war:

    • A.

      Frans Josef

    • B.

      Gavrilo Princip

    • C.

      Ferdinand Foch

    • D.

      Franz Ferdinand

    • E.

      William Mckinley

    Correct Answer
    D. Franz Ferdinand
    Explanation
    The assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the Archduke of Austria-Hungary, caused a chain reaction leading to World War I. His assassination in 1914 by Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb nationalist, sparked tensions between Austria-Hungary and Serbia, eventually leading to a series of alliances and declarations of war. This event triggered a domino effect, with various countries getting involved and escalating the conflict, ultimately leading to the outbreak of a global war.

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  • 2. 

    What country is connected with the words "blank cheque" ?

    • A.

      Belgium

    • B.

      Austria- Hungary

    • C.

      Germany

    • D.

      Russia

    • E.

      U.S.

    Correct Answer
    C. Germany
    Explanation
    "Blank cheque" is a phrase commonly associated with Germany. It refers to Germany's policy of giving unconditional support or approval, particularly in a financial or political context. This phrase gained prominence during World War I, when Germany issued a "blank cheque" of support to Austria-Hungary, which ultimately led to the start of the war. The phrase has since been used to describe instances where one country provides unlimited support or resources to another.

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  • 3. 

    The plan of this country did not account for the invasion of Belgium; they believed its treaty with Great Britain would keep the country safe.

    • A.

      France

    • B.

      Germany

    • C.

      Russia

    • D.

      Austria-Hungary

    • E.

      Serbia

    Correct Answer
    A. France
    Explanation
    France is the correct answer because the statement suggests that the country's plan did not consider the invasion of Belgium. This implies that France did not anticipate or prepare for such an invasion. Additionally, the statement mentions that France believed its treaty with Great Britain would protect the country, indicating that France relied on this alliance for its security.

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  • 4. 

    This Russian plan assumed Germany would lead a full-scale attack on the country, if true the russian army could afford some losses until it could fully mobilize itself.

    • A.

      Plan A

    • B.

      Plan 19

    • C.

      Plan B

    • D.

      Plan G

    • E.

      Plan XVII

    Correct Answer
    D. Plan G
  • 5. 

    In 1902, Britain made an alliance with this country to limit the German expansion.

    • A.

      Japan

    • B.

      Belgium

    • C.

      U.S.

    • D.

      France

    • E.

      Russia

    Correct Answer
    A. Japan
    Explanation
    In 1902, Britain made an alliance with Japan to limit German expansion. This alliance, known as the Anglo-Japanese Alliance, was a diplomatic agreement between the two countries. It was primarily aimed at countering the growing influence of Germany in Asia and the Pacific. The alliance allowed for mutual support and cooperation between Britain and Japan in case of any conflict or aggression by other powers. This alliance played a significant role in shaping the geopolitical landscape of the time and had far-reaching consequences for international relations in the early 20th century.

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  • 6. 

    Turkey lost its territory of Libya and Rhodes to what other country?

    • A.

      Russia

    • B.

      Ottoman Empire

    • C.

      Germany

    • D.

      Great Britain

    • E.

      Italy

    Correct Answer
    E. Italy
    Explanation
    Turkey lost its territory of Libya and Rhodes to Italy. Italy, under the leadership of Benito Mussolini, launched a military campaign in 1911 to conquer Libya, which was then part of the Ottoman Empire. After successfully occupying Libya, Italy also seized the island of Rhodes from the Ottoman Empire in 1912. This expansionist policy by Italy was part of its efforts to establish a colonial empire and assert its influence in the Mediterranean region.

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  • 7. 

    Which of the following factors did not influence WWI?

    • A.

      Nationalism

    • B.

      Imperalism

    • C.

      Enlightenment ideals

    • D.

      Alliances

    • E.

      Militarism

    Correct Answer
    C. Enlightenment ideals
    Explanation
    Enlightenment ideals did not influence WWI because they were primarily focused on promoting reason, individualism, and progress. These ideals were more prevalent during the 18th century and were not significant factors in the outbreak of WWI. The war was mainly driven by factors such as nationalism, imperialism, alliances, and militarism, which were more immediate and tangible causes of the conflict.

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  • 8. 

    What country made alliances with both France and Germany, but would later declare its neutrality stating Germany's behavior was "aggressive" making the treaty invalid?

    • A.

      Italy

    • B.

      U.S.

    • C.

      Romania

    • D.

      Spain

    • E.

      Russia

    Correct Answer
    A. Italy
    Explanation
    Italy made alliances with both France and Germany but later declared its neutrality. Italy believed that Germany's behavior was "aggressive" and violated the terms of the treaty, making it invalid. This suggests that Italy wanted to distance itself from any potential conflict and maintain a neutral stance.

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  • 9. 

    What two countries fought over naval superiority?

    • A.

      Germany and Japan

    • B.

      France and Britain

    • C.

      Germany and U.S.

    • D.

      Japan and Britain

    • E.

      Britain and Germany

    Correct Answer
    E. Britain and Germany
    Explanation
    During World War I, Britain and Germany engaged in a fierce naval rivalry as both nations sought to establish dominance over the seas. This competition was driven by Britain's desire to maintain its status as a global naval power and Germany's aspirations to challenge British naval supremacy. The two countries engaged in various naval battles, most notably the Battle of Jutland in 1916, which was the largest naval battle of the war. Ultimately, Britain emerged as the victor, solidifying its position as the leading naval power and contributing to Germany's eventual defeat.

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  • 10. 

    The "Seven Weeks War" involved what two countries?

    • A.

      France and Great Britain

    • B.

      Russia and Japan

    • C.

      Japan and China

    • D.

      Prussia and France

    • E.

      Greece and the Ottoman Empire

    Correct Answer
    D. Prussia and France
    Explanation
    The "Seven Weeks War" refers to the conflict that took place between Prussia and France. This war occurred in 1866 and was primarily fought over the control of German territories. France, under the leadership of Napoleon III, sought to prevent the rise of a powerful German state led by Prussia. However, Prussia emerged victorious, leading to the unification of Germany under Prussian dominance and weakening the position of France in European affairs.

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  • 11. 

    What was the Treaty of London?

    • A.

      A treaty between France and Britain that stated each had a "moral obligation".

    • B.

      The treaty after the " Seven Weeks War"

    • C.

      A treaty which granted Belgium its neutrality, which would be protected by Britain

    • D.

      Treaty between Russia and Japan after the Russo-Japanese War.

    • E.

      The treaty between Japan and Britain in 1902

    Correct Answer
    C. A treaty which granted Belgium its neutrality, which would be protected by Britain
    Explanation
    The Treaty of London was a treaty that granted Belgium its neutrality and ensured its protection by Britain. This agreement was signed in London and aimed to maintain the independence and security of Belgium by declaring it a neutral country. This meant that Belgium would not take part in any future conflicts or alliances and that its territorial integrity would be respected by other nations. Britain, as one of the signatories of the treaty, took on the responsibility of safeguarding Belgium's neutrality, which became particularly important during World War I when Belgium was invaded by Germany.

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  • 12. 

    What battle is considered a moral victory for the Allies and why was it important?

    • A.

      Battle of Mulhous; war had weaken the Austrian-Hungarian empire,which would drag down the Germans.

    • B.

      Battle of Paris; the Germans would not easily defeat France and like the Allies was vulnerable.

    • C.

      Battle of Scarborough; Britain could stop the u-boat attacks by the Germans

    • D.

      Battle of Bita Paka;it showed Russia would not easily be defeated.

    • E.

      Battle of Liege; it showed that the Germans would also struggle and its Schlieffen plan would not equal an easy victory.

    Correct Answer
    E. Battle of Liege; it showed that the Germans would also struggle and its Schlieffen plan would not equal an easy victory.
    Explanation
    The Battle of Liege is considered a moral victory for the Allies because it demonstrated that the Germans would also face difficulties and their Schlieffen plan would not result in an easy victory. This was important because it shattered the perception of German invincibility and boosted the morale of the Allies. It showed that the war would not be a swift and decisive German triumph, but rather a long and challenging conflict. This realization gave hope to the Allies and strengthened their determination to continue fighting.

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  • 13. 

    One of the advantages of this plan was that it correctly predicted Russia would take six weeks to moblize, which would give it time to prevent a two front war.

    • A.

      Plan B

    • B.

      Plan 19

    • C.

      Plan G

    • D.

      Schlieffen Plan

    • E.

      Plan XVII

    Correct Answer
    D. Schlieffen Plan
    Explanation
    The Schlieffen Plan was a military strategy developed by the German Army in the early 20th century. It aimed to quickly defeat France in the west and then turn to fight Russia in the east, thus avoiding a two-front war. The plan relied on the assumption that Russia would take six weeks to fully mobilize its forces, giving Germany enough time to defeat France. This advantage of correctly predicting Russia's mobilization time would allow Germany to focus its forces on one front and potentially achieve a swift victory.

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  • 14. 

    In what war was Russia humiliated by an Eastern  power that the tzar swore to regain the country's prestige?

    • A.

      Naval battles near China

    • B.

      Second Balkan War

    • C.

      Russo- Japanese War

    • D.

      Battle of Perking

    • E.

      Seven Weeks War

    Correct Answer
    C. Russo- Japanese War
    Explanation
    In the Russo-Japanese War, Russia was humiliated by Japan, an Eastern power. The defeat in this war led to a loss of prestige for the Russian tzar, who vowed to regain the country's honor.

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  • 15. 

    Which battle was the end of "the race to the sea"?

    • A.

      Battle of guise

    • B.

      1st battle of marne

    • C.

      Siege of antwerp

    • D.

      1st battle of ypres

    • E.

      Battle of aisne

    Correct Answer
    D. 1st battle of ypres
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the 1st Battle of Ypres. The Battle of Ypres, which took place from October to November 1914, marked the end of the "race to the sea" during World War I. The race to the sea was a series of battles and movements along the Western Front as both sides attempted to outflank each other and reach the English Channel. The Battle of Ypres was the final attempt to break through the opposing lines and establish a decisive victory, resulting in a stalemate and the onset of trench warfare.

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  • 16. 

    The Battle of the Liege introduced what weapon?

    • A.

      The tank

    • B.

      Big Bertha

    • C.

      Reconnassiance aircraft

    • D.

      Machine gun

    • E.

      Howitzer

    Correct Answer
    E. Howitzer
    Explanation
    The Battle of Liege introduced the howitzer. A howitzer is a type of artillery piece that is characterized by its short barrel and high trajectory. It is designed to lob shells at high angles, making it effective for targeting enemy positions behind cover or in trenches. During the Battle of Liege, howitzers were used to bombard the fortified positions of the Belgian city, demonstrating their destructive power and effectiveness in modern warfare.

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  • 17. 

    What counrty went into a splendid isolation?

    • A.

      Japan

    • B.

      Great Britain

    • C.

      U.S.

    • D.

      Spain

    • E.

      Italy

    Correct Answer
    B. Great Britain
    Explanation
    Great Britain went into a splendid isolation during the late 19th century. This term refers to the country's foreign policy of avoiding alliances and international conflicts. It was a deliberate decision made by Britain to distance itself from European affairs and focus on its own interests. This policy was driven by a sense of self-sufficiency and a desire to maintain its global dominance without being entangled in continental conflicts.

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  • 18. 

    Whose was the emperor of Austria-Hungary?

    • A.

      Franz Ferdinand

    • B.

      Hermann von Francois

    • C.

      Franz Josef

    • D.

      Alexandar Samsonov

    • E.

      Ferdinand Foch

    Correct Answer
    C. Franz Josef
    Explanation
    Franz Josef was the emperor of Austria-Hungary. He ruled the empire from 1848 until his death in 1916. He played a significant role in the political and military affairs of the empire and witnessed its decline and eventual dissolution during World War I. His long reign was marked by various challenges, including nationalist movements and conflicts with neighboring countries. Despite these challenges, Franz Josef maintained a strong grip on power and was a symbol of stability in the empire.

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  • 19. 

    What battle resulted in the almost complete destruction of the Russian Second Army?

    • A.

      Battle of Tannenberg

    • B.

      Battle of Asine

    • C.

      Battle of Liege

    • D.

      Battle of Bita Paka

    • E.

      Battle of Heligoland Bight

    Correct Answer
    A. Battle of Tannenberg
    Explanation
    The Battle of Tannenberg resulted in the almost complete destruction of the Russian Second Army. This battle took place during World War I between the German Empire and the Russian Empire. The German forces, led by General Paul von Hindenburg, successfully surrounded and defeated the Russian Second Army, capturing or killing a large number of Russian soldiers. The defeat at Tannenberg was a significant blow to the Russian military and had a major impact on the Eastern Front of the war.

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