Do You Know How the World Changed After WWII?

By: Annette

Do You Know How the World Changed After WWII?
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About This Quiz

World War II was a defining moment in the history of the world, and so much changed once it was done. Do you know the real ramifications? In this quiz, we'll explore why nothing could ever be the same after WWII.
Was WWII the deadliest conflict in human history?
Yes
WWII was, without question, the deadliest conflict in human history. 50 to 85 million people were killed between 1939 to 1945.
No

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Which of these defined WWII?
The Holocaust
Atomic weapons
Both
Hopefully, everyone knows that the Holocaust was one of the most brutal ways that WWII changed history. But the atomic bombs used in Japan were no joke either.

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Startlingly, WWII led to what?
A decline in culture
A birth dearth
Innovation
The Second World War prompted a lot of innovation. You wouldn't believe all that was created during and after the war.

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Which of these words was created during WWII?
Destruction
Genocide
The word "genocide" didn't exist before WWII. The term was coined by a Polish-Jewish lawyer named Raphael Lemkin.
Horror

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When was the term "genocide" first used?
On D-Day
On V-Day
At the Nuremberg trials
The use of the word "genocide" first happened at the Nuremberg trials. That was in 1945, but the word became international in 1948.

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What has been called "the bedrock of ethical standards for human experimentation and informed consent"?
The Helsinki Declaration
The World Medical Association's Helsinki Declaration changed medical ethics forever. This was prompted by the atrocities of the Third Reich.
The Germany Plan
The Nurse's Amendment​

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The United Nations was founded when?
Before the war
During the war
After the war
The United Nations was founded as a consequence of WWII. It was founded in 1945 to prevent another conflict as deadly as WWII.

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What was the name of the first computer built during WWII?
Alexa
Colossus
The Colossus was the first computer ever created, and it happened in WWII. It was developed by British code breakers.
Hermione

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The first computer was the size of _______.
A napkin
A shoebox
A room
The first computer was a behemoth, to say the least. The public didn't learn about Colossus until the 1970s.

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WWII improved which of these?
Satellites
Radar
WWII prompted an improvement in radar technology. That basically means that we have better microwaves, among other things.
Radio

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Thanks to WWII innovation, we were able to eventually discover _____.
The Holy Grail
The Bermuda Triangle​
The HMS Titanic
Thanks to the radar technology that was improved in WWII, we were able to discover the HMS Titanic on the ocean floor. Sadly, that also improved police radar guns.

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What happened to German patriotism post-WWII?
It flourished
It sank
One of the consequences of WWII was that German patriotism plummeted. Some have referred to it as the "lost identity."

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Who said, "In my generation, we lived under the impression that the term patriotism was poisoned during Nazi times"?
Hermann Goering
Joseph Goebbels
Richard von Weizsaecker
This is a famous quote from former German president, Richard von Weizsaecker. He served from 1984 to 1994.

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Soldiers in WWII took up _____.
Crafting
Reading
Some say that WWII created a culture of reading. American publishers gave away nearly 123 million free books to soldiers.
Hockey

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After WWII, books were _____.
Cheaper
Books were a luxury before WWII. They cost on average two dollars or more. Cheap wartime paperbacks changed all that.
More expensive

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Thanks to WWII, we got _____.
Coal
Steel
Rubber
Japan was in control of the world's rubber supply before WWII. That means that during the war, we had to be inventive. Government Rubber Styrene was the answer.

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Thanks to our synthetic rubber, we have _____.
Hoses
Tubes
Mouse pads
All of the above
Thanks to the synthetic rubber that we created in WWII, we have a ton of good stuff. God bless American innovation.

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After WWII, we got ______.
Skinnier
Fatter
Unfortunately, some think that WWII led to the current obesity epidemic. They attribute this to folks moving to the suburbs.

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After the war, the government had a surplus of ______ .
Fertilizer
Pesticides
Both
The government had a surplus of fertilizers and pesticides after WWII. That led to a lot of food production! We're human, so we stuffed ourselves.

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There was particularly an abundance of _____ after the war.
Corn
Corn production really did skyrocket after the war. Broccoli production did not.
Eggs
Rice

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_____ was invented as a result of WWII.
The lightbulb
Superglue
Superglue was invented during WWII. Cyanoacrylate was discovered by scientists who were looking to create clear plastic gun sights for use during the war. This was a prototype, and Super Glue was finally discovered in 1958.
The stove

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_____ was invented in WWII.
The Band-Aid
Duct tape
Duct tape was a WWII invention. Johnson & Johnson invented it as a waterproof sealing tape to be used in the war.
The pocket knife

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After WWII, there was a lot of ______ in America.
Aerobics
Gaming
Building
There was a huge post-war building craze. Was the new duct tape used to seal up air ducts? Some buy it and others don't.

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After WWII, ____ was patriotic.
Apple pie
Baseball
Tupperware
All of the above
Okay, all of these things were patriotic after WWII. But plastic in general, and Tupperware specifically, were pure Americana.

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Who said, "With the end of the war [polyethylene] was another young veteran that had accelerated from childhood to a fighting job"?
Winston Churchill
Earl Tupper
Earl Tupper, who created Tupperware, is famous for talking about plastic as though it were a soldier. Tupperware basically helped to domesticate plastic.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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WWII gave us a better understanding of _____ .
Birds
Believe it or not, submarine technology called the sound spectrograph, created for WWII, helped us to better study birdsong. "For the first time, the extraordinary virtuosity of the avian voice was revealed in all its glorious detail." That was from a birdsong expert. Peter Marler.
The afterlife
Space

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Soldiers were the only ones that got to eat _____ .
Tuna
M&Ms
M&M's didn't even appear until 1941, but they were yanked from the shelves so that only soldiers could have them. When the war was over, a lot of M&M's-loving soldiers came back home.
Bread

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After WWII, the borders of which country totally changed?
France
Poland
The borders of Poland were altered by WWII. The borders were redrawn following the Potsdam Conference of 1945.
Britain

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After WWII, Germany was divided in _____.
Two
Thirds
Fourths
Germany was completely divided in fourths after WWII. Three of the fourths were controlled by the Allies, one by the Axis

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The east side of Germany was _____.
Communist
East Germany was the Communist side. It was controlled by the Soviet Union.
Democratic

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What was the west side of Germany called?
The German Coalition
The German State
The Federal Republic of Germany
West Germany was known as the Federal Republic of Germany. The western three quarters of Germany went to the Americans, French and British after the war.

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What happened to Berlin, following WWII?
It remained intact
It split
Berlin split after WWII. Both sides wanted to share the capital of Germany, and this became quite complicated.

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In the U.S., after WWII, there was a baby ____.
Shortage
Boom
Famously, there was a Baby Boom in the U.S. after WWII. That's where the term Baby Boomers comes from.

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WWII led to what, in the U.S.?
Poverty
Affluence​
WWII led to an affluent society in America. This is also when the seeds of the Cold War were sewn.

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Thanks to WWII, we have _____.
Subway
McDonald's
It was thanks to WWII that we have McDonald's today. It began as a drive-in restaurant in San Bernardino, CA, and everyone craved burgers.
KFC

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