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World War II Quiz
1. Which European dictator founded the political movement known as fascism?
a. Adolf Hitler
b. Vladimir Lenin
c. Benito Mussolini
d. Francisco Franco
2. The invasion of this country started World War II.
a. Austria
b. Czechoslovakia
c. Poland
d. Britain
3. After Britain and France let Hitler have part of this country, he took it all
a. Austria
b. Czechoslovakia
c. Poland
d. Britain
4. “The seeds of World War II were sown earlier in the 20th century.”
Which statement does this quotation most strongly support?
a. United States involvement in Europe after World War I created an atmosphere of
b. The United States was not successful in stopping Soviet expansion by peaceful
c. The European democracies encouraged Adolf Hitler to rearm Germany.
d. The World War I peace settlement created bitterness and resentment.
5. The main purpose of the lend-lease program enacted by the United States during World
War II was to
a. Sell weapons to both Allied and Axis nations.
b. Rehabilitate countries devastated by war and occupation.
c. Encourage the extension of democratic reforms in Germany.
d. Assist countries fighting the Axis Powers.
6. He hoped that his policy of appeasement would keep the peace in Europe.
a. Neville Chamberlain
b. Winston Churchill
c. Adolf Hitler
d. Harry Truman
7. His anti-Semitism led to the murder of nearly two-thirds of Europe’s Jews.
a. Neville Chamberlain
b. Josef Stalin
c. Adolf Hitler
d. Benito Mussolini
8. The Non-Aggression Pact of 1939, preceding the outbreak of World War II was between
a. Germany and Poland
b. Germany and the United States
c. Germany and the Soviet Union
d. England and the United States
9. During the period of 1939 to 1941, US foreign policy can best be described as
a. Consistently internationalist
b. Aimed at avoiding war at all costs
c. Moving steadily toward isolationism
d. Moving from isolation to active aid for the allies.
10. The “day that will live in infamy” refers to
a. The Nazi invasion of Russia
b. The bombing of Hiroshima
c. The invasion of Manchuria
d. The attack on Pearl Harbor
11. When Italy invaded Ethiopia in 1935, other European countries considered it an act of
a. Appeasement
b. Aggression
c. Neutrality
d. Justice
12. The Axis powers were
a. Italy, Germany and Russia
b. Italy, Russia and Japan
c. Germany, Russia and Japan
d. Italy, Germany and Japan
13. Which event of World War II is referred to as the Holocaust?
a. invasion of Normandy
b. Bataan Death March
c. dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima
d. mass killing of European Jews, gypsies, and other minorities