How Much Do You Really Know About WWII?

By: Artimis Charvet
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
How Much Do You Really Know About WWII?
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About This Quiz

World War II was one of the defining conflicts of the 20th century. Just two decades after the end of World War I, it claimed as many as 60 million lives. Think you have what it takes to win this quiz? Test your battle skills now!
The nations involved in the war formed two opposing alliances. What were they called?
Axis and Allies
Homeland and Confederacy
Nazis and Freemen

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How many years did the World War II last?
Four
Six
Nine

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Who was the U.S. president when Pearl Harbor was attacked?
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Calvin Coolidge
Herbert Hoover

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During the conflict, were there more civilian or battle-related deaths?
Civilian deaths
Battle-related deaths
The numbers are about the same

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Some historians believe what contributing factor helped set the stage for World War II?
Class struggles in Europe and elsewhere
Widespread drought and the resulting famine in Europe
Instability in Europe following World War I

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In what year did Germany invade Poland?
1929
1939
1941

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Adolf Hitler predicted the war in his memoir published in 1925. What was it called?
"Mein Kampf"
"Meinem Triumph"
"Heimat"

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Which came first V-E Day (victory in Europe) or V-J Day (victory in Japan)?
V-E Day
V-J Day
They occurred at the same time.

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Two nuclear bombs were dropped on Japan in 1945, bringing about the surrender of the Japanese and the end of the war in the Pacific Ocean theater. In which two Japanese cities were they detonated?
Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Tokyo and Hiroshima
Tokyo and Nagasaki

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The bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Japanese Navy motivated the U.S. to enter the war. On what date was Pearl Harbor attacked?
Feb. 7, 1939
June 21, 1940
Dec. 7, 1941

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How many different countries were involved in the conflict?
23
30
41

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The D-Day invasion the Allies orchestrated to retake Europe from the German Third Reich was launched at what location?
Tthe Normandy coast
The Pas-de-Calais
Cherbourg-Octeville, France

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About how many battle-wounded people were there worldwide during the course of World War II?
10 million
25 million
40 million

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The D-Day invasion, code-named Operation Overlord, was considered a major turning point in favor of the Allies. On what date did it occur?
April 23, 1944
Sept. 12, 1944
June 6, 1944

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After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, how long did it take Congress to approve President Roosevelt's request to declare war on Japan?
One month
One week
One day

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British engineer Robert Watson-Watt's radio-wave device was designed to be a weapon, but it actually became what kind of technology?
Sonar
Radar
Microwaves

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There are currently five branches of the U.S. armed services, the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy. Which branch was part of the Army until after World War II?
Air Force
Coast Guard
Marines

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Japan and the Soviet Union were on opposite sides of the World War II conflict. In what year did they sign a peace treaty?
1945
1952
Never

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The use of secret, unbreakable codes was a behind-the-scenes strategy employed in wartime. One code language used by the U.S. Marines was borrowed from what Native American people?
The Navajo
The Arapaho
The Iroquois

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What treat was invented during the war to compensate for chocolate shortages?
Peanut butter
The nougat-filled candy bar
Nutella

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Who first used the phrase "the war to end all wars"?
Winston Churchill
Harry Truman
Woodrow Wilson

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Of the eight battleships damaged or destroyed during the Pearl Harbor attack, how many were eventually repaired and placed into service?
All eight
Six
Two

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During the war, the British referred to Germans by what common nickname?
Jerries
Johnnies
Karls

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How many domestic automobiles were produced in the U.S. after the bombing of Pearl Harbor (between February 1942 and October 1945)?
0
2,500
15,000

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Before Japan's surrender, there were plans for possibly launching a third atomic bomb. Which city was targeted for this final assault?
Tokyo
Osaka
Kyoto

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What was a "Liberty Steak?"
Spam
K-rations
A hamburger

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Did any of Hitler's relatives fight for the Allies?
No
Yes, Hitler's brother
Yes, Hitler's nephew

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Enola Gay was the name of the B-29 bomber that dropped the first atomic bomb over the port city of Hiroshima, Japan. What was the name of the aircraft that dropped the second bomb over Nagasaki?
Bockscar
Big Boots
Reliant

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Kamikaze "suicide" pilots were dreaded Japanese weapons during the war. About how many Kamikaze pilots intentionally crashed their planes into enemy targets during the conflict?
500
2,800
10,000

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World War II was a devastating conflict, but it did lead to the creation of an effective international organization devoted to worldwide peace and security. What is it?
The League of Nations
The United Nations
NATO

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