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World War I Quiz

1. How many American men were drafted into the armed services in World War I?

a.  600,000
b.  1 million
c.  2.6 million.

2.  Who was the commander of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I?

a. General John Pershing
b.  Douglas MacArthur
c.  George Patton

3. In World War I, also called the Great War, the Allies were chiefly France, Britain, Russia and the United States. Who were they fighting?

a.  The Axis Powers, mainly Germany, Italy, and Japan
b. The Central Powers were chiefly Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey.
c.  The Eastern Block, mainly Germany, Serbia, and Croatia

4. Economic and territorial rivalries underlay the Great War, but what was the incident that provoked the conflict?

a.  A clash along the German Russian border
b.  The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne
c.  A naval incident involving Germany and Britain

5. President Woodrow Wilson was re-elected in 1916 with the help of the slogan “He kept us out of war.” The next year, however, he led the United States into the war on the side of the Allies. Which of the following did NOT contribute to American involvement in the war?

a. The sinking in 1915 of the British liner Lusitania off the Irish coast by a German submarine, with 128 U.S. citizens among those lost.
b. The resumption of unrestricted German submarine warfare in 1917.
c.  A German attempt to turn Mexico against the United States
d.  all of the above
e.  none of the above

6. Why did Russia leave the war in 1917?

a.  Because the Russian Czar negotiated a separate peace with Germany.
b.  Because Czar Nicholas II abdicated, and by stages Russia went communist and signed a peace treaty with the Central Powers.
c.  Because Russia was defeated by Germany

7. Who was France’s political leader during World War I was?

a.  Marshall Henri Philippe Petain
b.  Premier Georges Clemenceau.
c.  Primier Charles DeGaulle

8. Who was Britain’s political leader?

a.  Winston Churchill
b.  Douglas Hume
c.  David Lloyd-George.

9.  65 million men participated in World War I.  How many died?

a.  one million
b.  five million
c.  ten million

10. What was the name of the treaty that officially ended the war?

a.  The Geneva Accords
b.  The Treaty of Paris
c.  The Treaty of Versailles

11. Which of the following was NOT a major change brought about by the Great War?

a.  Four empires disappeared by the war’s end.
b.  Heavy reparations were imposed on Germany
c.  Germany was required to admit responsibility for the war
d.  all of the above
e.  none of the above

12. Which of the following statements about Woodrow Wilson is FALSE?

a.  He enunciated a peace plan called the Fourteen Points, which called for freedom of the seas, universal self-determination, and a League of Nations
b.  The peace treaty ending the war reflected his goals
c.  The treaty ending the war was not ratified by the U.S. Senate
d.  Wilson received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1919


  1. c – 2.6 million
  2. a – General John Pershing
  3. b – The Central Powers
  4. b - On June 28, 1914, the heir apparent to the throne of Austria- Hungary, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, was assassinated at Sarajevo by a Serb. Rampant nationalism led to a series of declarations of war that soon involved every major power in Europe.
  5. d – all of the above
  6. b - Because Czar Nicholas II abdicated, and by stages Russia went communist and signed a peace treaty with the Central Powers.
  7. b - Georges Clemenceau
  8. c - David Lloyd-George
  9. c – ten million died. Overall, 65 million men served in the armies. An estimated 10 million were killed and 20 million wounded.
  10. c – The Treaty of Versailles
  11. d – none of the above
  12. b – The peace treaty did not conform to the 14 Points

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