The Ultimate Wars Quiz

By: Kate Kershner

The Ultimate Wars Quiz
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About This Quiz

Think you know all there is about World War II? Fancy yourself a Civil War buff? Studied the Vietnam conflict like a scholar? That's all well and good, but let's see if your knowledge of war spreads across history. To battle!
What war was sparked by Paris running off with the most beautiful Helen?
The Trojan War
If you know your Greek history, you know that the war was also the work of Aphrodite, Athena and Hera.
The Hundred Years War
The Spartan War

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Who was the leader of military campaigns of the Mongol Empire at the turn of the 13th century?
Ming
Genghis Khan
Genghis Khan made the Mongols a powerful force in the 1200s.
Jerry the Bad

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What ancient British queen led a revolt against occupying Romans?
Cleopatra
Boudicca
Do not mess with Queen Boudicca, who burned the Roman settlements of London and St. Albans and killed tens of thousands of Romans.
Elizabeth I

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Communists fought French colonists in the beginning of what war?
the French Revolution
World War I
Vietnam War
Although America wouldn't intervene until the '60s, the conflict began decades earlier.

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Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination was the catalyst for what war?
The War of 1812
World War I
Although some would argue that World War I — and thus the archduke's death — also spawned World War II.
The Hundred Years' War

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In what war did roughly two percent of the population of the United States die?
The Revolutionary War
World War II
The American Civil War
About two percent of the country's 1860 population had died by war's end.

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In what war did Napoleon lose Waterloo?
World War I
The Hundred Years' War
The Napoleonic War
Nope, it's no trick — there was steady warfare from 1792 to 1815 that is part of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.

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A 2011 revolt against Muammar al-Qaddafi led to an uprising in what country?
Libya
Democratic protests led to the overthrow and eventual death of Qaddafi.
Syria
Egypt

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The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was adopted during what war?
World War II
First Iraq War
Vietnam War
The resolution gave the president authority to stop any armed attack, by any means necessary.

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Argentina and Great Britain fought against each other in what 10-week conflict?
The South American War
The War of the South Atlantic
The Falklands War
Argentina invaded the Falklands after years of conflict about Britain's right to seize them.

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What war put the Central Powers on the opposite side of the Allies?
World War II
World War I
The Central Powers were primarily Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey.
The Korean War

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Watching the destruction from what war inspired Francis Scott Key to pen "The Star-Spangled Banner?"
The War of 1812
Key watched the stars and stripes wave over Fort McHenry after a long siege.
The American Revolution
The Spanish-American War

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In what war did the Battle of the Bulge take place?
World War I
World War II
Germany's last attempt at breaking Allied lines took place during a miserable winter month from December 1944 to January 1945.
The French and Napoleonic wars

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What U.S. president was in office at the end of the Korean War?
Eisenhower
Although Truman was there for the outset of the war, Eisenhower was at the helm when the conflict ended in 1953.
Roosevelt
Truman

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Lord Cornwallis was a British general in what war?
The Civil War
The French and Indian War
The American Revolution
Cornwallis led the British against those pesky American upstarts.

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What holy war was fought to repel the advance of Muslim nation-building?
The First Iraq War
The Iranian Revolution
The Crusades
Muslim power had conquered quite a bit of the Christian world in the 11th century, and Christians set out to stop it.

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What war was ended with the Treaty of Ghent?
The Spanish Armada
The War of 1812
The War of 1812 was fought about maritime rights, and the treaty basically said everything should stay the same as it was before the war.
The English Civil War

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Gen. George McClellan was the leader of an army during what war?
The Northern Ireland conflict
The Vietnam War
The American Civil War
McClellan was pretty much a terrible general for the Union and was on the wrong side of history when he made it clear he thought Abraham Lincoln was a buffoon.

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In what war was the British liner Lusitania sunk?
World War I
Nearly 1,200 civilian passengers were killed by a German sub in 1915.
World War II
American Revolution

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The French and Indian War was part of what larger conflict?
The Hundred Years' War
The Seven Years' War
There were a lot of facets to the Seven Years' War, and the American arm was the French and Indian War.
The American Revolution

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General Douglas MacArthur was relieved of duty in what war?
World War II
Korean War
Truman didn't like MacArthur's style.
Vietnam War

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Who was the leader of the Spanish in the Spanish Armada?
King Philip II
Things didn't go so well for Philip, and the armada failed.
King Juan I
Queen Maria

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The Battle of Britain took place over three months during what war?
World War I
World War II
Germany bombed Britain from July through September 1940, but were ultimately unsuccessful against Britain's Royal Air Force.
The English Civil War

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What war's first major engagement was the Battle of Bunker Hill?
The War of 1812
The Civil War
The American Revolution
The Brits actually won the battle, but it sparked major American zeal.

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While not technically a war, what country was devastated by a genocide in 1994?
Rwanda
The majority Hutu population led a months-long genocide that killed nearly 800,000 civilians.
Sudan
Somalia

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In what war was Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson given his nickname?
World War II
The Spanish-American War
The American Civil War
Confederate Stonewall Jackson held his ground during the First Battle of Bull Run.

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The Marco Polo Bridge Incident led to what war?
The Sino-Japanese War
Chinese and Japanese troops fired on each other in 1937, beginning the war.
The Korean War
The Thai War

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Previously illegal, in what war were black men finally allowed to serve in the military?
Vietnam War
World War II
American Civil War
Although black troops had served in other wars, the Emancipation Proclamation made their participation legal.

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What war was fought by the Roundheads and the Cavaliers?
The English Civil War
Those supporting the Parliamentary party were called Roundheads because of their short haircuts; the Cavaliers (the royalists) favored curly wigs.
The French Revolution
The Uzbek Uprising

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In what war did the Rough Riders make an appearance?
Spanish-American War
Teddy Roosevelt and his cavalry fought in Cuba.
Civil War
World War I

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