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Edlemanns World History World War 2 Pretest - Quiz

Short quiz to ascertain present level of understanding of World War 2 long term learning targets


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Is it true that Benito Mussolini was considered a facist?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Benito Mussolini was indeed considered a fascist. He was the founder of Italian Fascism and the leader of the National Fascist Party in Italy from 1922 to 1943. Mussolini's regime was characterized by authoritarian rule, nationalism, and the suppression of political opposition. He believed in the supremacy of the state over individual rights and freedoms, and implemented policies that aimed to control all aspects of society. Mussolini's fascist ideology and actions align with the commonly accepted definition of fascism, making the statement "Benito Mussolini was considered a fascist" true.

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  • 2. 

    The Prime Minister  of Japan durin the war yrs was

    • A.

      Hideki Mayajima

    • B.

      Hideki Tojo

    • C.

      Hideki Mitsubishi

    • D.

      Hideki Kayima

    Correct Answer
    B. Hideki Tojo
    Explanation
    Hideki Tojo was the Prime Minister of Japan during the war years. He served as the Prime Minister from 1941 to 1944 and was a key figure in Japan's military aggression during World War II. Tojo was known for his ultra-nationalistic and militaristic policies, which included the attack on Pearl Harbor and the invasion of several Asian countries. He was eventually arrested, tried, and executed for war crimes.

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  • 3. 

    The area bordering France and germany that was reclaimed by Adolf Hitler prior to World War 2 was

    • A.

      Cherbourg

    • B.

      Normandy

    • C.

      Sudetenland

    • D.

      Alsace Lorraine

    Correct Answer
    D. Alsace Lorraine
    Explanation
    Alsace-Lorraine is the correct answer because it refers to the region that was reclaimed by Adolf Hitler prior to World War II. This region, located on the border between France and Germany, was annexed by Germany in 1871 after the Franco-Prussian War and was later reclaimed by Hitler in 1940 during the early stages of World War II. The annexation of Alsace-Lorraine was part of Hitler's expansionist policies and his aim to create a greater German empire.

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  • 4. 

    The Germans,Itlaians and the Japanese were better known as the_______ powers

    • A.

      Antwerp powers

    • B.

      Axle

    • C.

      Axis

    • D.

      Trifactor

    Correct Answer
    C. Axis
    Explanation
    During World War II, the Germans, Italians, and Japanese formed an alliance known as the Axis Powers. They collaborated militarily and politically, sharing resources and coordinating their efforts to expand their territories and influence. The term "axis" refers to the imaginary line around which something rotates, symbolizing the close cooperation and alignment of these three countries in their pursuit of common goals during the war.

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  • 5. 

    The military strategy practiced by Americans against the Japanese was called

    • A.

      Puddle-jumping

    • B.

      Operation strikeback

    • C.

      Island campaign

    • D.

      Island-hopping

    Correct Answer
    D. Island-hopping
    Explanation
    Island-hopping was the military strategy practiced by Americans against the Japanese during World War II. This strategy involved selectively bypassing heavily fortified Japanese-held islands and instead capturing strategically important islands that were less fortified. By doing so, the American forces were able to establish airfields and naval bases on these captured islands, which allowed them to launch further attacks on the Japanese forces and gradually move closer to the Japanese mainland. This strategy was effective in gradually weakening the Japanese forces and eventually leading to their defeat.

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  • 6. 

    The Fate of a great many Japanese Americans during the war

    • A.

      Holocaust

    • B.

      Interaction treatment

    • C.

      Internment

    • D.

      Treason

    Correct Answer
    C. Internment
    Explanation
    During World War II, the fate of many Japanese Americans was internment. This refers to the forced relocation and imprisonment of Japanese Americans living on the West Coast of the United States. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, there was widespread fear and suspicion towards Japanese Americans, leading to the belief that they posed a threat to national security. As a result, over 120,000 Japanese Americans, including men, women, and children, were forcibly removed from their homes and placed in internment camps. This unjust action violated their civil liberties and had a lasting impact on their lives and communities.

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  • 7. 

    The meeting location of all the Allied Leaders near the end of the war

    • A.

      Los Angeles

    • B.

      Bejing

    • C.

      Moscow

    • D.

      Yalta

    Correct Answer
    D. Yalta
    Explanation
    Yalta is the correct answer because it was the meeting location of the Allied Leaders near the end of the war. The Yalta Conference took place in February 1945 and was attended by the leaders of the United States, the Soviet Union, and the United Kingdom - Franklin D. Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill respectively. They met in Yalta, a city in Crimea, to discuss the post-war reorganization of Europe and the establishment of the United Nations.

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  • 8. 

    Allied invasion of France June 1944

    • A.

      Victory Day

    • B.

      Liberation Day

    • C.

      Invasion France

    • D.

      D DAy

    Correct Answer
    D. D DAy
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "D Day" because it refers to the Allied invasion of France on June 6, 1944. This invasion, codenamed Operation Overlord, was a significant turning point in World War II and marked the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany. D Day is often celebrated as Victory Day or Liberation Day to commemorate the successful invasion and the subsequent liberation of France from German occupation.

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  • 9. 

    The use of words,images,ideas and symbols to strongly push a specific causes agenda.

    • A.

      Appropriation

    • B.

      Copyright

    • C.

      Media strike

    • D.

      Propaganda

    Correct Answer
    D. Propaganda
    Explanation
    Propaganda refers to the deliberate use of words, images, ideas, and symbols to strongly promote a specific cause or agenda. It is a communication tool used to manipulate public opinion, often by distorting facts or using emotional appeals. Propaganda can be found in various forms such as advertisements, political campaigns, or media messages. Its purpose is to influence and persuade individuals to adopt a particular belief or take a specific action.

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  • 10. 

    The use of this idea helped save metal,food,clothing etc.. to be used by the defense dept to help aid the war effort. it required the use of stamps along with money.

    • A.

      Recycling

    • B.

      Reusing

    • C.

      Reducing

    • D.

      Rationing

    Correct Answer
    D. Rationing
    Explanation
    During times of war, rationing was implemented as a way to control and distribute limited resources such as metal, food, and clothing. This system required individuals to use stamps along with money to purchase goods in limited quantities. Rationing helped save these essential resources for the defense department to support the war effort.

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  • 11. 

    America was eager to get in the war in the late 1930's

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement "America was eager to get in the war in the late 1930s" is false. In the late 1930s, America was actually hesitant to get involved in the war and pursued a policy of neutrality. This was largely due to the lingering effects of World War I and a desire to avoid being dragged into another global conflict. It was not until the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 that America officially entered World War II.

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  • 12. 

    The German military, or Wehrmacht, in September 1939, had both quantitative and qualitative superiority over the Allies, namely Great Britain, France, and Poland.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    German military was indeed highly efficient and effective due to factors such as armament, training, doctrine, discipline, and fighting spirit, it did not possess quantitative superiority over the Allies in terms of industrial resources, population, and military manpower. In fact, the Allies, collectively, had greater industrial resources, population, and military manpower. However, the qualitative superiority of the German infantry divisions and the presence of armoured divisions made a significant difference in their military capabilities. Therefore, while the German military was qualitatively superior, it did not hold both quantitative and qualitative superiority over the Allies.

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  • 13. 

    Africa was lucky it didnt have any fighting on it during World War 2

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    During World War 2, Africa was not entirely spared from fighting. The conflict did reach the continent, particularly in North Africa. The North African Campaign, also known as the Desert War, was fought between the Allies (mainly British and American forces) and the Axis powers (primarily German and Italian forces) across Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia. Battles like the Battle of El Alamein and the Tunisian Campaign took place in Africa during this time. Therefore, the statement that Africa was lucky to have no fighting during World War 2 is incorrect.

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  • 14. 

    When Neville Chamberlain allowed Hitler to take the Sudetenland he was__________ him.

    • A.

      Appeasing

    • B.

      Pleasing

    • C.

      Bribing

    • D.

      Cowering

    Correct Answer
    A. Appeasing
    Explanation
    Neville Chamberlain's decision to allow Hitler to take the Sudetenland can be explained as appeasing him. Appeasement refers to the act of giving in to someone's demands in order to maintain peace or avoid conflict. In this case, Chamberlain chose to appease Hitler by allowing him to annex the Sudetenland, a region in Czechoslovakia with a large German-speaking population. Chamberlain believed that by giving in to Hitler's demands, he could prevent further aggression and maintain peace in Europe. However, this strategy ultimately failed as Hitler continued to expand his territory, leading to the outbreak of World War II.

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  • 15. 

    A state with absolute power from the moment your born to you die is a _____________ state

    • A.

      Facist

    • B.

      Communist

    • C.

      Socialist

    • D.

      Totalitarian

    Correct Answer
    D. Totalitarian
    Explanation
    A state with absolute power from the moment you are born until you die is referred to as a totalitarian state. In such a state, the government exercises complete control over all aspects of public and private life, including political, social, and economic spheres. Individual freedoms and rights are severely restricted, and dissent or opposition to the ruling regime is often suppressed. This type of regime seeks to maintain total dominance and control over its citizens, leaving little room for personal autonomy or independent thought.

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  • 16. 

    This city saw Germany's war against Russia turn against them

    • A.

      St Petersburg

    • B.

      Satlingrad

    • C.

      Moscow

    • D.

      Petrograd

    Correct Answer
    B. Satlingrad
    Explanation
    Stalingrad is the correct answer because during World War II, the city of Stalingrad in Russia saw one of the most significant battles in history. The German army launched an offensive against the Soviet Union, aiming to capture Stalingrad, but the Soviet forces successfully defended the city. The battle marked a turning point in the war, as it was the first major defeat for the Germans and led to their eventual retreat from the Eastern Front. Stalingrad's resistance played a crucial role in halting Germany's advance and ultimately contributed to their defeat in the war.

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  • 17. 

    A new type of warfare consisting of planes,cannon and tank all used at the same time quickly was called

    • A.

      Quicksilver attack

    • B.

      Speed assault

    • C.

      Untersee onslaught

    • D.

      Blitzkrieg

    Correct Answer
    D. Blitzkrieg
    Explanation
    Blitzkrieg is the correct answer because it refers to a new type of warfare that emerged during World War II, characterized by the combined use of planes, cannons, and tanks in a fast and coordinated attack. The term "Blitzkrieg" is of German origin and translates to "lightning war," reflecting the speed and intensity of the military strategy. This approach aimed to overwhelm the enemy quickly and disrupt their defenses, relying on the element of surprise and rapid movement to achieve victory.

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  • 18. 

    Mass Murderer and dictator of Russia

    • A.

      Adolf Hitler

    • B.

      Benito Mussolini

    • C.

      Arnold Horseshack

    • D.

      Stalin

    Correct Answer
    D. Stalin
    Explanation
    Stalin is the correct answer because he was a mass murderer and dictator of Russia. He ruled the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. During his time in power, Stalin implemented policies that led to the deaths of millions of people through forced labor camps, executions, and famines. He is widely regarded as one of the most brutal and oppressive leaders in history.

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  • 19. 

    Political movement that preached intense nationalism and often racism

    • A.

      Dictatorship

    • B.

      Facism

    • C.

      Imperialism

    • D.

      Socialism

    Correct Answer
    B. Facism
    Explanation
    Fascism is the correct answer because it is a political movement that promotes intense nationalism and often racism. Fascist regimes are characterized by dictatorial power, suppression of dissent, and the belief in the superiority of one's own nation or race. This ideology emerged in the early 20th century and was associated with leaders such as Adolf Hitler in Germany and Benito Mussolini in Italy. Fascism seeks to create a centralized, authoritarian government and is known for its aggressive and expansionist foreign policies.

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  • 20. 

    Women outside of raising children did not have much to do with the war effort in the USA

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The given statement is false. Women played a significant role in the war effort in the USA during World War II. With many men away at war, women took on jobs traditionally held by men, such as working in factories, producing war materials, and serving in the armed forces. They also volunteered as nurses, drove trucks, and participated in various support roles. This increased participation of women in the workforce during the war had a lasting impact on gender roles and paved the way for greater gender equality in the years that followed.

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