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World War II - Multiple Choice

Can you answer these multiple choice questions about WWII?
Last updated: February 01, 2019
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1. Did the Germans ever capture Moscow?
2. How did Hitler die?
Hanged after the trials of Nuremberg
Shot by the Russians
No one knows
3. Which of these countries did NOT fight in WWII?
4. What was the name of the American effort to build an atomic bomb?
The Baltimore Project
The Chicago Project
The Manhattan Project
The Philadelphia Project
5. About 70 million people died as a result of WWII. What percent of these people were from the United States?
The Soviet Union, Germany, China, and Poland lost the most people
6. What was the role of Joseph Goebbels in the Nazi government?
Head of the Air Force
Head of the Navy
Minister of Propaganda
Minister of War Production
7. What was the code name of the German invasion of the Soviet Union?
Operation Barbarossa
Operation Overlord
Operation Sea Lion
Operation Torch
8. What machine did the Germans use to (unsuccessfully) encrypt their messages?
Boltzmann machine
Enigma machine
Göring machine
Haber machine
9. What city's fall to the Japanese in 1942 caused 80,000 British and allied troops to be taken prisoner?
It was the largest surrender of British troops in history
10. What country signed a non-aggression pact with Germany in August, 1939?
Soviet Union
United Kingdom
The Soviet Union invaded Poland a couple weeks after Germany did
11. Prior to the Nazi takeover, the German government was known as the Weimar Republic. Who or what is Weimar?
An adjective meaning "peaceful"
A city
A person
A treaty
12. How many aircraft carriers did the Japanese destroy during their attack on Pearl Harbor?
There were no American aircraft carriers in Pearl Harbor during the attack
13. Who was the commander of Germany's Afrika Korps?
Albert Kesselring
Erich Ludendorff
Erich von Manstein
Erwin Rommel
14. Which of the following is NOT a Winston Churchill speech?
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat
This was their finest hour
We have nothing to fear but fear itself
We shall fight on the beaches
"We have nothing to fear but fear itself" was Frankin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression
15. When Japan surrendered in 1945, which of these cities were still under its control?
All of the above
level 69
Jan 26, 2019
I await the comments from those who saw Hitler flipping burgers in Argentina.
level 74
Jan 26, 2019
Adolfs bar n grill, Buenos Aires
level 38
Feb 2, 2019
^ Before my time, so I couldn't have seen him, but I wouldn't be a bit surprised. After reading his biography, my take on him is that he was too much of a coward to kill himself; so either one of his minions did him the favor, or he did indeed flee to SA with those of his cabal who managed to do so.
level 59
Jan 26, 2019
Disagree with the addition of 'cynical' into the question about the Nazi-Soviet Pact. Seems like unnecessary editorialisation to me.
level 75
Jan 31, 2019
Agree with Tom, primarily because it's just incorrect. The Soviets signed the nonagression pact in order to carve up Poland, without interference from Germany. Germany signed in order to focus on other fronts, with the full intention of attacking the Soviets later. The latter is cynical, the former is not.
level ∞
Feb 1, 2019
That's a good point @redsplat. I removed that word. The motivations of the Soviet Union were entirely evil, but not cynical as they were foolish enough to actually trust the Nazis.
level 63
Jan 27, 2019
I'm glad for the selection of questions from a variety of fronts and events. 15/15
level 64
Feb 2, 2019
Educational quiz (that's code for I didn't do very well in it). Thank you.
level 78
Mar 14, 2019
[Pedantry alert!] I would just add that the Enigma WAS successful in encrypting the German messages; they just didn't prevent the Allies from decrypting them. The messages weren't sent in the clear, they were actually encrypted.
level 78
Mar 27, 2019
I'm pretty sure if the Germans had known the messages were being decrypted by the Allies, they wouldn't have felt it was "successful."
level 50
Mar 27, 2019
I agree. The encryption was very successful for most of the war, until it wasn't. I'd remove the (unsuccessfully) remark
level 75
Mar 27, 2019
I only missed one. I thought it was a trick question but I was wrong.
level 46
Mar 27, 2019
Lucky, I got three worng
level 61
Mar 27, 2019
On these multiple choice quizzes, I think it would be better to show the percentage of people who guessed each answer, not just the correct one. That info is already provided in the bar graph on the bottom. Plus, it would be interesting to see if there was a misleading answer that tripped people up.
level 45
Mar 27, 2019
Not saying Hitler made it to Argentina or that any of the conspiracy theories are definitely true, BUT...I think nobody knows is still the correct answer. Was anyone in the room with him? Do we have a body?
level 59
Mar 27, 2019
*Somebody* knows.
level 58
Mar 27, 2019
Hitler is doing a talk show. He's a big fan of Christian Slater.
level 75
Mar 27, 2019
Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide shortly before the fall of Berlin. He gave orders that he and his new wife's bodies were to be burned after their deaths. The Soviet army found two charred corpses thought to be the couple and retained custody of them throughout the Cold War. Decades later Russia allowed Western scientists to inspect parts of the remains who confirmed that they did in fact belong to Hitler (using dental records), and that it was likely he died of cyanide poisoning (or poisoning followed by gunshot as is believed). Personal accounts from several people who handled or saw the remains in the interim have been recorded, and no other sightings or alternative/conspiracy theories have ever been corroborated.
level 50
Mar 27, 2019
Kinda threw me off on the last question, Beijing wasn't called Beijing back then.
level 35
Mar 27, 2019
Very easy but also fun! 15/15 with 3:10 remaining.
level 56
Mar 28, 2019
"What machine did the Germans use to (unsuccessfully) encrypt their messages? " Well they certainly successfully encrypted their messages. Whether the messages were successfully decrypted by the Allies or not is another matter... There was also more than one machine that the Germans used to encrypt their messages: Enigma is one, but there was also the Lorenz machine (also eventually cracked at Bletchley Park).
level 34
Mar 28, 2019
Hitler played on the Argentinian national soccer team
level 19
Mar 29, 2019
''Diego Maradona passes to Senor Hilterinho, nice dribbling by the 105-year-old, how has he not retired yet I have no idea, Hilterinho shoots! OH MY GOODNESS WHAT A GOAL!! ARGENTINA LEAD 1-0 IN THE 1994 WORLD CUP QUARTER FINALS AGAINST ROMANIA!!!! Hilterinho appears to be doing a nazi sign celebration, that's controversial!''